Burning of Churches in Pakistan Condemned 

The mobs burning and vandalising churches and several homes of Christians in Faisalabad, Pakistan, is utterly abhorrent. 

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent violence against Christians in Pakistan. 

During the Friday prayers at Leeds Makkah Mosque, along with many other mosques across the country, British Muslims strongly condemned the vile and cowardly attacks on churches in Pakistan and prayed for the protection of all communities in Pakistan.

It is against the established principles of Islam to desecrate any religious scripture or places of worship. People of all faiths should be free to worship without any restrictions or fear in Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan. 

Any allegations made against any individual disrespecting a religious symbol must be investigated by the relevant authorities, according to the law of the land. Islam does not allow people to take the law into their own hands. The government of Pakistan must bring the perpetrators to justice, and offer the necessary protection required to the Christian community to practice their faith freely in the country. 

People of all faiths and beliefs must stand together and unite against all forms of intolerance, injustice and terrorism. 

Imam Qari Asim

Chair, Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board and Senior Editor, ImamsOnline 

22 August 2023

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