Sheffield mosque calls for ‘preachers of hate’ to be stopped from entering UK

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A Sheffield Muslim group has welcomed comments by Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles calling for extremism to be rooted out.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Sheffield has joined other Muslim groups in Sheffield in coming forward to support the MP’s open letter to 1,000 Muslim leaders.

Dr Nadeem Ahmad President of the community, said: “We welcome the government’s acknowledgement that the Paris attacks have nothing to do with Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and those who carry out violence in its name are acting against Islamic teachings.

“The Government is right to be worried about extremism, be it from any source and it is the duty of all faith communities to support efforts for greater peace.

“In Sheffield our mosque is a beacon of peace and we engage our youth to work for their local communities - as a result they raise thousands of pounds each year for British charities, they plant thousands of trees for a better future for Britain, and they help feed the homeless - with more than 10,000 meals provided nationally each year to help those suffering.

“The Government needs to do more to stop preachers of hate from coming to the UK.”