Attacks on Churches and Hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka Condemned
Imam Qari Asim, Chair of Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board said:
“I strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday which resulted in 160 innocent people being brutally murdered and hundreds injured.
Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.
The highly coordinated attacks on churches on Easter Sunday demonstrates that there are no boundaries to the depravity of the murderers. Murdering Christian worshippers on Easter Sunday is akin to killing Muslims praying in a Mosque on Eid day, and therefore we can understand the pain and anguish that has been caused to the Christian community of Sri Lanka on a day they consider to be one of their holiest.
In this extremely difficult time for the Christian community across the world, we stand in solidarity with Christians everywhere. An attack on any place of worship is an attack on the way of life of faith communities and therefore an attack on all of us.
These reprehensible acts, committed by those who are driven by hatred, aim to create fear and division in communities. The extremists want to restrict freedom of religion, which is one of the fundamental human values shared globally. We must stand together in solidarity and show that extremists will never succeed.”
Qari Muhammad Asim MBE