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Muslim Brotherhood calls for battling Islamophobia

Police take security measures after a vehicle hit pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in London, UK on 18 June 2017 [Tayfun Salcıi/Anadolu Agency]
Police take security measures after a vehicle hit pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in London, UK on 18 June 2017 [Tayfun Salcıi/Anadolu Agency]

The statement below is from Ibrahim Munir, Deputy General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, 21 June 2017

The racist attacks which have taken place recently including the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque in London which injured many Muslims and caused one death, as well as the murder of a Muslim girl in Virginia as she was leaving a mosque, have highlighted the way in which Muslim communities are being targeted. These incidents are proof that terrorism has no religion, that none is immune to it, and that it should not be blindly and unjustly attached to Islam.

The reoccurrence of these horrendous racist attacks is truly alarming, especially as they have been overlooked and have not been immediately dealt with politically, taken seriously as a threat to national security or effectively covered by the media. This phenomenon has turned into a threat to social security and stability and has created a state of division which threatens the security and stability of the Muslim communities that have become vital components of these nations' social fabric.

With the reoccurrence of these incidents, we are asking all Arab and Islamic governments and organisations to fully assume their responsibilities and seriously answer the call for duty to defend genuine Islam and protect the welfare of Muslims. We are also asking them to strive so as to check the phenomenal propagation of Islamophobia. This requires the denunciation of media content that encourages xenophobia on a domestic or global scale.

The Muslim Brotherhood extends its sincere condolences to the families and relatives of the victims of the Finsbury Park and Virginia incidents and all victims of racist attacks, asking God Almighty to bestow His mercy upon those who died and patience and steadfastness upon their families. We also pray for the speedy recovery of those who have been injured. 

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