Last night’s attacks in Paris highlight again that extremism is tarnishing not only faith communities but also working to divide the peace-loving society we live in.
The cries of the innocents as they went about their daily business ring in our ears and our prayers and thoughts are with them and their families.
At times like these we see the worst in humanity, but also the best of humanity. We look at the Emergency Services and those members of the public who quickly moved to help and save their fellow human beings and we should realise that within them is the humanity and love we ALL aspire to. We pray that they all return safely to their families.
MCEC calls on all communities to stand firm and united in saying there is no place for extremism or violence in any faith. Whether you are praying in a house of worship in Nigeria, having a coffee in Lebanon, laying on the beach in Tunisia, visiting a hospital in Afghanistan, or watching a football match in Paris, it seems that no one is safe from these acts of senseless violence. Faith is never a reason for violence.
This attack is an attack on mankind. An attack on all of us – Parisians, Non-Parisians, Muslims, Christian, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, people of faith and of no faith. Our duty is to stand united and send a clear message: “We will not let the terrorists win by dividing us.”
We stand with you Paris.
From the Muslim Community and Education Centre Facebook page: http://mcec.org.uk/blog/?p=2840#.VkdEbg37Mw1.facebook