Thursday, June 22, 2017

UK: Ahmadiyya imam says London Muslims are living with more apprehension than ever before


Farhad Ahmad, an imam at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Centre near the attack site, said Muslims in the neighbourhood are living with more apprehension than ever before.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Britain News
By News 24 | June 21, 2017

[Excerpt]

The attack this week on Muslim worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque marks a new and long-feared escalation - an out-and-out attempt to harm Muslims simply for their faith. It comes as security officials report a dramatic increase in hate crimes directed at Muslims.

Muslim residents say they are more wary and nervous than ever, and at the same time heartened by the moral support they've received from wide segments of society since the attack.

Farhad Ahmad, an imam at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Centre near the attack site, said Muslims in the neighbourhood are living with more apprehension than ever before.

"The situation in the country, there is so much more division," he said. "You see a change in the tide. The three attacks, Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, and then this happened here as well. It seems it might be turning into a vicious cycle of revenge attacks. So we have that in the back of our minds."

He said he thinks the assailant in Monday's mosque attack believed Islam poses a danger because of the earlier violence by Islamic State-inspired extremists.

"If this person targeted Muslims thinking there is some problem with the teachings of Islam, then it means that there are people who think that on a larger scale as well," he said. "So they need to be reached out to, otherwise the divide is going to get bigger and bigger and bigger."



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