Imam: No rise in Is­lama­pho­bia in town

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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