17th November 2023
As Faith leaders representing our Mosque congregations in Birmingham, we are shocked at the mounting humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. We are dismayed at the inability of our local elected representatives to call and work for a ceasefire during the recent vote in parliament. This seems to be at odds with the sentiments of their constituents.
All humanitarian organisations in UK and worldwide have unanimously called for a ceasefire to allow lifesaving humanitarian aid to reach the most vulnerable and desperate, innocent civilians in Gaza.
The Muslim faith communities in Birmingham have been united in grief, prayer, and campaigning to highlight the plight of those caught up in this war.
The Quran explicitly prohibits the taking of innocent life (5:32).
For 75 years, Palestinians have endured illegal Israeli occupation, oppression, and apartheid. They have experienced attacks on their towns, cities, places of worship, and refugee camps, not to mention the thousands who have been killed indiscriminately.
We call for an immediate end to this cycle of violence and adherence to international law. Our elected representatives and the international community must play their part to end the illegal occupation of Palestine, the root cause of the conflict in the Middle East.
We call for renewed and sincere efforts for a lasting peace.
In Birmingham, we are assured by the West Midlands Police response for allowing the public to register their peaceful protests, in line with the freedom of speech and protest laws.
However, we are concerned by the approach of some Birmingham schools in not allowing a safe space for our young people to discuss their concerns and express their feelings, especially when this was arranged for the Ukraine war.
We also utterly condemn all acts of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Birmingham that are further fuelled by this international crisis. It is unacceptable that anyone should feel unsafe in their own neighbourhoods.
Birmingham Mosques and the faith leaders will continue to play our role in engaging our congregations in prayers, education, and campaigning to highlight the sanctity of life and respect in Palestine. We will continue to engage local and national elected representatives to play their part in ending this hostility and its impact on local communities.
As Salaamu Alaykium
Birmingham Central Mosque URGENT Morocco earthquake and Libya flood appeal.
Your help, donations and dua’s are required for the survivors of the morocco earthquake and Libya flood.
Every donation, no matter how big or small, has the power to make a difference.
Donate today and be the beacon of compassion that lights their path to recovery.
We are collecting ONLY cash donations.
We are NOT collecting any form of clothing or any other stuff.
For card Donation only on phone:
Tel: 0121 440 5355 (option 1)
For cash and card donations only:
In person at the Mosque office and please collect your receipt.
For bank transfer:
The Birmingham Mosque Trust Ltd
Sort Code: 30-00-83
Account #: 01264201
Al Rayan Bank
Ref: Morocco or Libya