Friday, September 9, 2011

Muslim organisations make 9/11 statement

A group of British Muslim organisations has released a statement in time for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. It announces:

- Sympathy for victims of 9/11 attacks and other terrorist attacks.

- Acknowledgement of the tragedy of terrorist attacks since then, like the 2005 London attacks, and the tragedy of 'conflicts resulting from 9/11 in different parts of the Muslim world'.

- The rejection by the British Muslim community of terrorists, 'the emptiness of their words and the futility of their actions'.

- The observation that peaceful political change brought about by protestors in North Africa proves that terrorism is not the only way to achieve change.

- Hope for a world free from terrorism and injustice.

- A call for unity with non-Muslims to defeat divisive terrorists and crime:
Our common humanity, our spirit of community, the values we share as human beings, will give us the strength to confront those who seek to divide rather than unite us, now and in the future. We will continue to stand together in troubled times, not just against terrorism but against all forms of criminality that pervade our society - as we saw during the riots that spread across the UK in recent weeks. Only together can we defeat such problems. Only together can we work to build communities whose unity honours the memory of the victims of September 11th and victims of conflicts and terror around the world.
This is apparently signed by a long list of 57 Muslim organisations, though I have no idea how representative these are of British Muslims.

It seems like a straight forward and decent statement anyway, and welcome.

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