Statement by representatives of British Muslim communities following the knife attack outside Small Heath mosque
We condemn, in the strongest terms, the knife attack on a 14-year-old boy outside the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam Hussainia Mosque and Community Centre in Small Health, Birmingham.
The victim received life-threatening injuries to the neck and head. We offer our love and prayers for the victim and his family. We recognise this is a difficult time for the local community, who have many concerns about the motive behind the attack, but we urge all in our communities to remain calm while the police establish the facts.
Let us, as representatives of Britain’s diverse Muslim communities, send a clear message to the attackers: your hatred and your actions disgust us. They do not represent us. They will not divide the unity that we as faith communities enjoy. And they will not stop Islam from being practiced in all it’s beautiful diversity.
Finally, let us reassure our communities across Britain: we have a long history of working together, and we will continue to defend each other at times of need.