Published: Tuesday 23rd April 2019 12:00

Shaykh Muhammad Umar, Chairman of the Ramadhan Foundation comments: 

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on Churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, these despicable attacks are deplored by decent people around the world.

Terrorism is evil and comes in many forms and attempts to divide communities, Islam totally forbids such evil and our work to take on the ideology that endorses and encourages such violence.

Christians were deliberately targeted because of their faith, Churches were full with worshippers on the most holy day in the Christian calendar – our hearts are in pain with the victims and their families. All places of worship are sacred and as Muslims we see the impact a terrorist attack can have on our community so in this dark hour we send our solidarity to our Christian brothers and sisters in humanity, you are not alone.

I said at the time of the Christchurch terrorist attack, that an attack against one place of worship is an attack against all faiths. As Muslims we stand with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world.

I offer my deepest condolences to the victims and their families, which include a number of British citizens, our love and solidarity is with you.  I am deeply concerned that deep divisions and rivalries have contributed to the Sri Lanka Government ignoring intelligence shared by international partners warning of possible attacks on Churches, had they shared this intelligence with their own government maybe they could have stopped the attack.  It is no good the Sri Lankan Government now attempting to deflect attention away from its own failures, it requires once the period of mourning is over, a full inquiry to identify who knew what and who failed to share the intelligence.


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