EML urges a period of reflection and restraint
As we head towards the end of 2020 Europeans are being challenged by some of the darkest days since World War II. Added to the widespread misery caused by the pandemic we are now being challenged by a spate of horrific terror attacks and far right incidents.
The blood of innocents is being spilled in France and elsewhere over the latest round of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The grieving, pain and loss caused by this violence is affecting people of all faith and none for terror represents no religion.
Once again muslims in Europe are finding themselves in an unwelcome spotlight caused by ignorance and fear of those who want to fuel division and hatred.
Here at the European Muslim League our immediate thoughts are with those families in France who have lost friends and loved ones in the most recent attacks, but we also urge caution, restraint and a period of reflection throughout Europe’s diverse Muslim communities.
It is true that many of the images of our beloved Prophet do cause pain and hurt to Muslims, but when we lash out in anger we are merely vindicating those who say Islam is a barbaric, violent faith.
Therefore, at EML, we urge all Muslims not to respond to the hate with more hate ... respond, instead, with peace and tolerance. No matter the provocation or upset, use the opportunity to show Islam in its true light of peace, tolerance and understanding.
The love Muslims hold for their Prophet will never change and the status, reputation and respect we all hold for him will always be protected regardless of how many attempts are made to mock, sneer or ridicule Muhammad (pbuh).