MUSLIMS from Sheffield have joined followers of Islam across Britain in condemning terrorism in the wake of the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
In a joint statement from UK Muslim groups, including the Islamic Society of Britain of which the Sheffield branch is a part, communities tell the terrorists they ‘failed’ in seeking to divide society on religious grounds.
The message was reflected in mosques throughout the UK, where this Friday special sermons will be held to remember the victims and their families, as well as others affected by terrorism.
In the strongly worded statement issued by a coalition of British Muslim organisations, the signatories claim the terrorists’ violence has been counterproductive to their aims.
Abdool Gooljar, president of the Islamic Society of Britain’s Sheffield branch, and Muslim rep on the Sheffield Faith Forum, said: “Those who seek to divide society have failed. Their destructive actions have only brought communities closer together.”
The joint statement declares: “Ten years on from the 9/11 attacks, our communities are growing stronger and more resilient. Communities have come together to find common ground and resolve differences.”
In a further rejection of terrorism, the statement points out that the recent Arab Spring demonstrated the power of ordinary citizens standing in peaceful protest to secure greater political participation and freedom, and also draws attention to the recent riots in the UK – not mirrored in Sheffield – and the social solidarity they created. “We will continue to stand together in troubled times, not just against terrorism but against all forms of criminality. Only together can we defeat such problems,” the statement adds.
It is the first time such a large number of Muslim organisations have come together to use the opportunity of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 to express their sympathy for the victims
Dilwar Hussain, president of the Islamic Society of Britain, said: “Terrorism is an evil that no Muslim should feel the need to defend, or make excuses for. Terrorists are not ‘on our side’ – they are our opponents. They are an obstacle to our cause, which is to be a force for good, to spread peace among all people.”