9/11 - a decade on...

9/11 - a decade on...

09 September 2011

The Leaf Network is among a large group of Muslim organisations that have cosigned a statement commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Statement below:

As the tenth anniversary of the atrocities of September 11th 2001 draws closer, we wish to take this opportunity to come together to reiterate our profound sympathy for the victims of the attacks in the US. We also honour the memory of all victims of terrorism in all nations around the world.

The last ten years have not been easy. Tragically, we have seen thousands more people from all walks of life become victims of terrorism. We have also seen the impact of the conflicts resulting from 9/11 in different parts of the Muslim world and experienced the terrible consequences of acts of terror here in Britain on 7th July 2005. The recent tragic events in Oslo show us that terrorists still continue to plan and carry out attacks against people regardless of their race, religion, gender or social circumstance.

As a community we have rejected the terrorists, the emptiness of their words and the futility of their actions. They have nothing to offer the world. Those who seek to divide society have failed. Indeed, their destructive actions have only brought communities closer together. Their message that terrorism is the only way to achieve change has been rejected by ordinary citizens standing in peaceful protest for greater political participation and freedom across the Middle East and North Africa.

Ten years on from the 9/11 attacks, our communities are growing stronger and more resilient. Communities have come together to find common ground and resolve differences. For those of us who are Muslims, our faith gives us hope– a hope shared by people of all faiths and of none - for a world free from terror and injustice.

Now is the time to look to the future with greater optimism. Our common humanity, our spirit of community, the values we share as human beings, will give us the strength to confront those who seek to divide rather than unite us, now and in the future. We will continue to stand together in troubled times, not just against terrorism but against all forms of criminality that pervade our society - as we saw during the riots that spread across the UK in recent weeks. Only together can we defeat such problems. Only together can we work to build communities whose unity honours the memory of the victims of September 11th and victims of conflicts and terror around the world.

Signed by:

  1. Radical Middle Way
  2. Islamic Society of Britain
  3. Inspire
  4. Ahlul Bayt TV
  5. Al-Khoei Foundation
  6. An-Nisa Society
  7. Association of British Muslims (AOBM)
  8. Association of Muslim Lawyers (AML)
  9. Ayesha Community Education
  10. Bristol Muslim Women's Network
  11. British Muslim Forum (BMF)
  12. British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD)
  13. BritSlam Partnership
  14. Canopus Consulting
  15. CENTRI
  16. City Circle
  17. Embrace Foundation
  18. Federation of Muslim Organisations
  19. Harlesden Islamic Cultural Centre
  20. Help Somalia Foundation
  21. Hosseinieh Foundation, Bristol
  22. International Forum For Islamic Dialogue
  23. International Imam Hussein Council
  24. Iraqi Welfare Association
  25. Islamic Circles
  26. JIMAS
  27. Karimia Institute
  28. Khayaal Theatre Company
  29. Khazra Central Mosque, Glasgow
  30. Leeds Makkah Masjid
  31. Leicester Central Mosque
  32. Light of Guidance Theatre
  33. London Academy of Iranian Studies (LAIS)
  34. London Fatwa Council
  35. MAWAH, London (Muslim Active Women Around Hounslow)
  36. Mecca 2 Medina
  37. Milton Keynes Arts and Culture Organisation
  38. Minhaj-ul-Quran International, UK
  39. Muhammadi Trust of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
  40. Muslim Association of Britain (MAB)
  41. Muslim Youth Association (MYA)
  42. Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH)
  43. Noor Trust
  44. Pakistan Community Centre, Willesden, London
  45. Ramadhan Foundation
  46. Rabita Ltd
  47. Sefydliad Materion Mwslemaidd Cymru (Wales Institute for Muslim Affairs)
  48. Shia Professionals of London
  49. Sri Lanka Islamic Forum UK (SLIF UK)
  50. Somali Family Support Group London (SFSG)
  51. The Leaf Network
  52. The Muslim College
  53. The Salam Project
  54. The Zahra Trust
  55. UK Islamic Mission (UKIM)
  56. World Islamic Mission
  57. Young Muslims Advisory Group (YMAG)

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