RUTHERGLEN IS SAFE PLACE FOR MUSLIMS
Imam: No rise in Islamaphobia in town
Rutherglen’s Islamic centre say they have not experienced increases in Islamophobia over the past few weeks.
Tensions are running high after various incidents in Manchester and London over the past few weeks.
Thirty people have been killed in two attacks by Islamic terrorists in the past month alone.
And in the early hours of Monday morning, one person died and several were hurt when a van was driven into a group of worshippers in the Finsbury Park area of London in a suspected terrorist attack.
But Imam Muhammad Babar, of the Minhaj ul Quran centre on Greenhill Road, told the Reformer their members were supported by the Rutherglen community.
He said: “Luckily we do not experience this type of thing, especially not in Rutherglen.
“We do advise our members to be patient and to be careful and remain vigilant.
“This was really shocking news. Any loss of life is a loss of humanity, it doesn’t matter if it is Muslims or Christians involved.
“Terrorists are terrorists, they have no religion.
“We strongly condemn all these attacks.”
Imam Babar added: “We need to be strong and show our solidarity.
“Rutherglen is a very welcoming town and that has been good news for us.”
Inspector Jim Gillespie at Rutherglen Police said they would be working with the local community to combat any hate crimes.
He said: “There has been a lot in the national media about reassurance and engagement and we will be doing that with the mosque.
“The local problem solving team already have a good relationship with them and that will continue.
“We don’t have any information or intelligence to suggest there is any cause for concern.”
Terrorists have no religion. We condemn all these attacks