British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) is organising a candlelight peace event on Friday – 15th of March 6 pm – at Ilford Town Hall, Ilford, London…reports Asian Lite News
Prominent British Politicians and political forums condemn the attack on mosques at Christchurch in New Zealand which claimed 49 lives. British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) is organising a candlelight peace event on Friday – 15th of March 6 pm – at Ilford Town Hall, Ilford, London.
“We hope that those of all faiths and none will join us,” said Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of BPCA. “We are being joined by Imam Sheikh Khalid from the Albayan Welfare Centre in Ilford. Many other interfaith leaders will be joining us.”
“The British Pakistani Christian Association condemns this act of pure evil. We also express our heartfelt solidarity with the victims’ families and with all who are mourning this devastating loss.”
The Queen also commented on the attacks.
“I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today,” the Queen said in a statement. “Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.
“I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured. “At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “On behalf of the UK, my deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand after the horrifying terrorist attack in Christchurch. My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan asks the Met police to provide additional security to mosques in the city.
“Heartbreaking news from New Zealand this morning where innocent people have been murdered because of their faith,” Mr Khan said in a Tweet. “London stands with the people of Christchurch in the face of this horrific terror attack. London will always celebrate the diversity that some seek to destroy.”
Virendra Sharma MP in a statement said: “I am appalled and saddened by the terrorist shootings in New Zealand. Such a terrible act calls for reflection and care not rushes to action.
“We all stand with the Muslim community at this time and against the apparent white supremacist ideology of the perpetrators. The level of hate required to act in this way has no place in civilised society and the murder of innocent people on their way to and from prayer is the act of a coward.”
Mr Mohammed Shafiq, CEO of the Ramadhan Foundation comments: “I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on two Mosques in Christchurch New Zealand early today by far right extremists inspired by their hatred of Muslims and Islam. Over 40 people killed and many injured attending prayers. We stand resolutely with our brothers and sisters in New Zealand and send our prayers and condolences to the families of the victims and those injured. Human life and places of worship are sacred and we mourn the loss of life.
“An attack on a place of worship is an attack against all faiths, I’m confident that in the days ahead you will see all communities come together. This sadly is not an isolated incident, for many years commentators, the media, politicians and far right extremists have dehumanised Islam and Muslims, have perpetuated the narrative that Muslims are responsible for the “ills of the world” and that our lives are not worthy of defence.
“This casual Islamaphobia which is denied by these extremists has become the acceptable norm in societies around the Western world and we are living with the consequences of this racism. Only this week Douglas Murray the Anti Islam writer tried to create different levels of racism by saying Islamaphobia isn’t the same as anti Semitism which is an example of what is said has impacts and consequences. The Ramadhan Foundation calls on the extensive action against these far right groups around the world, they should be held to account for their actions and bigotry. Silence is no longer an option.”
The gunman, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, an Australian citizen opened fire on Al Noor mosque in Christchurch at 1.40pm NZ time today during Friday Juma prayers. Reports have also emerged about some shots fired at a nearby mosque in Linwood Avenue. The shooter describes himself as an ordinary Australian, deriving from a low to mid socioeconomic attack who was motivated by a self-righteous belief that he was entitled to avenge other terror attacks against Westerners.
The shooter produced a vile 73 page manifesto justifying his actions stating that he did this because of the incursion of Islamist forces into western democracies and he took inspiration from similar attacks in recent years. The shooter appears to have a white superiority complex and is a clearly deranged, evil terrorist who represents an ugly ideology that must be repudiated immediately.