By Qari Muhammad Asim
Senior Imam – Makkah Mosque, Leeds
It is extremely revolting and shocking that 15 people have been killed and over 80 people injured on Sunday 15 March in violent attacks in Lahore, Pakistan. Twin blasts rocked the Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church in Lahore’s while people were attending the Sundays mass. An offshoot of the Pakistan Taliban, calling itself Jamatul Ahrar, has said it carried out the attack. This is the same group that had claimed responsibility for the Peshawar attack on school children.
Imam of Makkah Mosque, Qari Asim, MBE unequivocally condemned such targeted attacks on people of other faiths. “The Terrorists are killing people indiscriminately – their only aim is to cause chaos, devastation and bloodshed. Such violent actions are far removed from the teachings of Islam and the practice of the Prophet of Islam (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).”
“Faith minorities living in Muslim countries must enjoy safety and security unconditionally. Islam has issued severe warnings to those who infringe rights of minorities. The sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) urging Muslims to protect the rights of faith minorities should be enough for people and government in Pakistan to defend the rights of minorities against the terrorists, who do not represent any faith.”
Imam Qari Asim continued: “These terrorists must be brought to justice. But that is not enough, we must all work harder to ensure that breeding grounds of such terrorists, ideological and monetary sponsors of such extremists are exposed and dealt with according to Islamic law and Pakistani laws. “It is high time faith that leaders ensure that people within their own tradition respect people from other faith traditions.”
“We urge people of all faiths and no faith to remain united and defend each other’s rights and liberties. We should not let the terrorists defeat the objective of achieving peace and harmony in the world.”, said Qari Asim MBE
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by such brutal attacks.