22/5/13, we learnt of a man been brutally murdered in a machete attack in Woolwich, South East London. Two suspects have been arrested after being shot and wounded in a police fire. Met Police have said a murder inquiry is being led by its Counter Terrorism Department. There are unconfirmed reports that the dead man was a soldier.

My deepest prayers and condolences go out to the victim and his family and friends. I hope the murderers and anyone else who may be in connection to this heinous crime are brought swiftly to justice and pay for the agony and pain caused.

The people who carried out the attack were heard saying “Allahu Akbar” meaning “God is Great” – BBC political editor Nick Robinson reported.

Thugs and murderers are not serving God, they have no place in religion with this act of violence and crime. I and many, many other Muslims and non Muslims worldwide condemn such a hideous action of hatred wholeheartedly. Islam and God completely forbid these people for what they have done with the harshest punishment.

“Whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men.” – Qur’an 5:32

It is sad to hear these types of violence taking place in Britain and in other parts of the world. Street violence is a problem especially in the UK. As “self proclaimed thugs” walk the streets in broad daylight hours causing havoc in public; we as ordinary people of the country suffer greatly and even more so the victims. As a society we should find this alarming. We should question what is happening and what is being done about it rather than blindly nod our heads along with politicians. Is the government more interested in foreign policy and intervention than the problems occurring within our youths today? What are they prioritising? What efforts are they making? Pressuring the government in these types of issues and unifying our condemnation are the first steps towards banishing such acts of violence off our streets.

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Praying for Boston

Earlier this week we learned of a disaster which took place in Boston. A number of bombs went off during the end of a marathon, in which a number of innocent people were killed and many injured.

My prayers go out to those who lost their lives, those that were injured and the friends and families and anyone else effected by this act of terror. I pray that the individuals responsible for this tragedy are brought to justice as soon as possible.

“The investigation is in its infancy, there are no claims of responsibility and the range of suspects and motives remains wide open.” – FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers

Innocent civilians were the target in this attack, whoever may be responsible is a criminal, a terrorist, a murderer in the eyes of the law, religion and God.

Until we hear from authorities to provide more information about who may have been responsible, I hope people hold off on making baseless statements and assumptions as to who might have been involved. I don’t think it’s fitting to speculate and blame without a  justified reason. 

Let’s not forget that this is happening in other parts of the world too. Just like in Boston, innocent people are being killed and tortured in Bangladesh, Palestine, Burma, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, etc… the list goes on. Just like we actively condemn this act of violence in Boston, we as decent people of society should condemn in the same manner; the violence and killings which are happening in other countries as well.

The Qur’an condemns such acts of violence in no uncertain terms, “Whoever kills an innocent life it is as if he has killed all of humanity…”.

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