10th June 2013
* MCB praises London police to increase security at Islamic centres
* Steps long overdue after now two suspected acts of arson in London and many more across the country
* Muslim Council calls on police forces across the country to follow the Met’s lead
The Muslim Council of Britain welcomed the decision by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to ‘increase police presence around locations that might be at risk’ across all boroughs of London. The decision comes after yet another suspicious fire at an Islamic institution, the Darul Uloom School in Chislehurst. Earlier in the week, an Islamic centre in North London was destroyed in a suspected anti-Muslim arson attack, and many more centres attacked across the country.
Welcoming the move, Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “This is a step in the right direction. The belated introduction of police patrols for Islamic centres is welcome, and I hope police authorities across the country follow the leadership taken by the Metropolitan Police. There has been dozens of incidents of Islamophobic hate crimes, and it is important for us to have a national response to complement the excellent local police actions in certain parts of our country.”
Farooq Murad added: “I fully agree with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner when he says that the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby should not be used as an excuse to divide us. Many of our fellow Britons, including the family of the victim, have reached out to Muslims to repudiate the reprisals made since the tragic murder. Just as the vast majority of British Muslims condemned the Woolwich murder and insisted the horror was contrary to the teachings of Islam.[ENDS]
Notes to Editors:
1. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.