Senior British Imams and Scholars, both Sunni and Shia, have come together in a unified voice to express their sadness and disgust at an attack on the Imam Bargah Karbala Moalla and Mosque in Shikarpur, Pakistan. This heinous, deliberately targeted attack saw the death of 61 innocent Shia Muslims and a further 50 being injured.
This attack took place during congregational prayers on Friday 30th Jan and has been met with vociferous condemnation by both Sunni and Shia Leaders who see this attack for what it is – the actions of fanatics that seek to further instigate sectarian tensions between Muslim communities.
Muslims religious leaders strongly reiterate that such crimes against humanity are not in any way reflective of intra Muslim relations. Sunni and Shia Imams and Scholars have worked hard in bridging the gaps between the two communities and see these acts of terror as a means of undermining this good work.
As always, the thoughts of the Imams are with the families of those that have lost their lives. The Imams and Scholars implore the Pakistani government to put aside political differences and work intently on bringing the perpetrators of such crimes to justice. It is the role of the state to protect all its citizens whilst facilitating a peaceful exchange of views and difference. It is the role of the state to protect all its citizens whilst facilitating a peaceful exchange of views and differences. Only through action and the commitment to do what is right can we ensure the safety and security of those around us.