The recent targeting of Mosques, Muslim homes and businesses in Delhi and across India is absolutely abhorrent.
History teaches us that is violence based on one’s religious identity is left unchallenged, the consequences can be extremely terrifying.
Horrific images were shown and spread across social media of a Mosque set on fire and holy books destroyed by mobs shouting “Jai Shri Ram” and “Hinduon ka Hindustan” paraded around the burning Mosque. Further, a Hanuman flag was placed on the minaret of the Mosque.
Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right and nobody should feel intimidated, threatened or persecuted because of his or her faith anywhere in the world.
These images that were shared across social media highlighted the worst of us and take us back to the dark days of partition.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have sadly lost their lives due to this violence.
Featured Image Source: Indian Muslim man reacts as he looks at a burnt market clashes in New Delhi ( EPA )
#OIC condemns the recent & alarming violence against Muslims in #India, resulting in the death & injury of innocent people & the arson and vandalism of mosques and Muslim-owned properties. It expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts. pic.twitter.com/NQjKVoLgXQ
— OIC (@OIC_OCI) February 27, 2020
The Ashok Nagar Delhi Mosque was surrounded by angry mobs shouting ultranationalist Indian slogans while placing a “Hanuman flag” on the top of the mosque. #DelhiRiots #DelhiBurning https://t.co/9WvBWBnysa
— Imams Online (@ImamsOnline) February 25, 2020
In one part of Delhi, a gurdwara opens its doors to Muslims and anyone who needs shelter.
In Seelampur, Dalits blocked the roads against mobs, sheltered their Muslim neighbours.
Police and politicians have forgotten their duty; but the people have courage and heart.#DelhiRiots
— Nilanjana Roy (@nilanjanaroy) February 25, 2020
British Muslims deeply concerned about the targeting of #Muslims in #India@MINAB_UK been hearing views of many since #Dehliviolence
Some predict start of another massacre, like #Gujarat.
Communities must stay strong against rise in #extremism #FoRBMattershttps://t.co/8AEo0vrrUC
— Qari Asim MBE (@QariAsim) February 27, 2020