A statement issued by the Grimsby Mosque on Weelsby Road reads condemns the terrorists who killed 17 people in Paris earlier this month. The statement says :
“The Grimsby Muslim community reacted with shock and horror following the attack on a number of employees of the French satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, recently in Paris.
“We unreservedly condemn these brutal, evil acts which have no basis in Islam, a religion that preaches peace, tolerance, mutual respect and harmonious coexistence across all world communities.
“We call upon our communities in South Humberside and the UK at large, to stand together in the condemnation of these criminal acts and to stop these misguided individuals from disuniting us.
“The Islamic guidance is patience and healthy discourse, even in the face of ridicule and deliberate acts of provocation.”
Dr Bukar Wobi, spokesman for the mosque, added:
“We understand that the atrocious events in Paris will make people feel anxious and as a community, let me assure you that we feel aggrieved the people have committed these acts in the name of our prophet and religion.
“The teachings of Islam are straightforward and the values set out in the Quran are there to enable believers to be better members of their families, communities and nations.
“You cannot just cloud the clarity of the religion for your own gain; you cannot just call yourself Abdul and be a Muslim if you are then going to go out and devilishly take another person’s life.”
Simon Cross, chair of North East Lincolnshire inter-faith forum, said:
“The way I look at it (Paris attacks) is that criminal acts were carried out by criminals and I think the vast majority of people within the community can recognise that, rather than blaming Muslims for what took place.
“Anyone who knows anything about Islam will be aware of the message of peace within the religion but, unfortunately, some people have a different approach to suit their own agenda.
“I want to reassure my Muslim friends that we do not think they are criminals and, in fact, at our church we have made some cards to send to the mosque to remind them they’re loved.”
“I don’t hear people saying ‘Christianity is a violent religion, just look at the plantation owners, the slave traders, the genocide of native Americans, the Klu Klux Klan, the anti-abortion bombers, the Irish and northern Irish gangs of the 70s & 80s, the Lord’s Resistance Army, the NSCN and NLFT in India…’ And that is quite right, those people are no more representative of the peace and love of Christianity, than Al Quaeda or IS are of Islam.
“We need to recognise that an awful lot of this is really about politics, greed, control and even gangsterism. The horrendous happenings in Paris are likely to be as much about a propaganda battle between Al Quaeda and IS – two rival political factions – as they are about anything else, just as the dreadful killings in Nigeria are really about political power and money.”