Suspected revenge arson attack on Greater Manchester mosque after terrorist attack

A few hours after the terrorist attack in Manchester, the door of a mosque in the Manchester area was set on fire. Police are investigating the incident as a retaliation attack.

Luckily, no one was in the mosque at the time and, while the door was damaged, the fire did not spread.

The imam of the mosque, Mohammad Saddiq, was upset that people would target an educational and religious institution and says that the mosque has not been targeted in the past.

The terrorist attack in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert has been condemned by the Muslim Council of Britain, Manchester’s Ramadhan Foundation, and other Muslim leaders.

Three men and a police officer treated in hospital after stabbing at mosque

Three men and a police officer are being treated in hospital after they were stabbed at a mosque, West Midlands Police have confirmed today. A 32-year-old man is now being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder, police said. Initial reports suggest an argument may have taken place inside the mosque prior to the attack. The male police officer was attacked after being called to attend reports that three men had been stabbed at the mosque in the Ward End area of Birmingham. All four men are described as in a stable condition. Mohammed Shafiq, the leader of national Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation, said a nearby resident overheard an argument coming from inside the mosque and believes the attack followed a dispute between members. Officers were today conducting patrols in the area surrounding the mosque to reassure local residents. A cordon is in place while investigations continue at the mosque. Police are investigating whether the attack was a hate crime.


Muslims criticize ‘Lego’ Islamic terrorist toys

A range of Lego-style fighting figurines – including an Islamic terrorist militant – has sparked outrage among Muslims. The toy mini-figures, made by American Will Chapman, includes a masked terrorist bandit with an assault rifle, grenade launcher and belt of explosives. Shocked by the playthings, British Muslim organisation the Ramadhan Foundation has branded the figurines “absolutely disgusting”. Chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said the figures were “glorifying terrorism”. He said: “I don’t think there’s any difference between someone that shouts hatred through a megaphone and someone that creates a doll that glorifies terrorists.”

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Muslim leader slams police

A Muslim leader who appeared on the hard-hitting BBC programme ‘Panorama’ slammed police for failing to deal with Asian gangs who force young white girls into prostitution. Mohammed Shafiq, director of the Rochdale-based Ramadhan Foundation, claimed that officers were differentiating between criminals on the basis of race. He said that fears of a repeat of the Oldham race riots in places like Oldham mean that officers are _overtly sensitive’ and are not clamping down on prostitution. The broadcast comes after a 2004 Channel 4 documentary which claimed that Asian men in Bradford were grooming under-age white girls for prostitution was pulled. Police claimed it could provoke racial violence during the local election campaign. But Mr Shafiq told Panorama that he believed the police were “over cautious” when dealing with the issue.

Citizenship oath’ proposal sparks controversy in Britain

A proposal that teenagers of school leaving age in Britain should swear an oath of allegiance to promote a sense of citizenship sparked instant controversy Tuesday, with teachers organizations and Muslim groups rejecting it as an “empty gesture”. The recommendations, contained in a report commissioned by the government, are part of current efforts by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to enhance the “notion of Britishness” at a time when the country is being challenged by terrorism and immigration. Brown is also likely to have in mind continuing aspirations by nationalists in his native Scotland to achieve full independence and thus break the 300-year-union with England, something to which he is passionately opposed. But judging by the initial response, the idea of making young people swear an oath of allegiance – possibly specifically to Queen Elizabeth II – is not what experts believe is required to enhance social cohesion. Muslim groups, teachers and anti-monarchists joined in the chorus of protest that greeted the proposals, drawn up by Peter Henry Goldsmith, the former attorney general, at the request of Brown. “Asking children to swear an allegiance to the Queen will not help them understand the nature of this country; I believe this sort of sham ideas will alienate young people further from society,” said Mohammed Umar, chairman of the Ramadhan Foundation, Britain’s leading Muslim youth organization. He said such ceremonies would remind many older Britons of Pakistani and Indian origin of the days of the empire when school assemblies were devoted to swearing allegiance to the British monarch.