The shootings outside the synagogue and at a nearby Turkish kebab shop in the city of Halle, Germany, are repulsive.
Our thoughts are with the families of victims and everyone affected by the brutal killings in Germany.
The fact that the attack occurred outside the synagogue on the day of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish tradition, makes it even more devastating and calamitous.
Due to the recent terrorist attacks on mosques, we Muslims are far too aware of the pain and grief experienced when worshippers are targeted in places of worship. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in this time of sorrow.
Islamophobia and Antisemitism have been on the rise in recent years and this is yet another expression of increasing attacks against people of faith
It was reported that the Synagogue had good security which didn’t allow the attacker inside the Synagogue.
The tragic events that took place in Halle is further evidence of places of worship needing adequate and strong security measures in places – strong doors, reinforced windows & more.
Our communities must stand together against hatred and intolerance and confront all those who promote an ideology and philosophy based on hate and terror.”
Article byImam Qari Asim, Imams Online senior editor & Chair of Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board.