Birmingham, 23 Jumadil Akhir 1434/2 May 2013 (MINA) – Muslim community leaders in Birmingham city condemn individuals for distorting the message of Islam, Wednesday (1/5).

       “Muslims preaching messages of hate and division” will face the consequences of their actions,”  said Birmingham’s Islamic community leaders, the Birmingham Mail quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

       In a prepared statement the Birmingham Coalition of Muslim Organisations and Mosques said two recent cases involving a total of 19 Muslim men from the city were not representative of the community.

       Spokesman Suleiman Samuel, referring to the EDL march plotters and the recent foiled scheme to detonate up to eight suicide bombs in the UK, said: “These acts were not in our name.”

        He said the 230,000-strong Muslim community had been ” challenging organisations and individuals preaching messages of hate and division” for many years.

        “We will never support any initiatives designed to bring dishonour to our society and condemn anyone who thinks violence is an acceptable response to provocation,” he said.

        “There is no place for violence or provocation no matter the views other may hold.”

        “Individuals that respond to provocation with violence are distorting the true message of Islam and should be prepared to face the full consequences of their actions,” he added.

        Jahan Mahmood, a spokesman for the Muslim community who lives in Sparkbrook, said people living in that area were unhappy with the thought of being stigmatised by the most recent terror plots involving young men from the city’s Muslim community.

        “We want to live in a safe city – what sort of message does it send out to our neighbours?” said Mahmood.

        However, he called for more work to be done by West Midlands Police with the Muslim community where feelings still run high over Project Champion, when 218 cameras – some hidden – had been put up in mainly Muslim areas of the city for anti-terror surveillance.

        They were removed in 2011 after never being switched on.

        “We lost a little bit of trust there and it didn’t send the right message to the community,” Mahmood said. (T/P09/E1).

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).                         

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