Quilliam unequivocally condemns the attack outside the Muslim Welfare House on Monday morning, and the hateful anti-Muslim ideology behind it. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims and survivors.
It is apparent that the attacker was inspired by anti-Muslim rhetoric, shouting “I’m going to kill all Muslims” as he ploughed a van through worshippers leaving the area following evening prayers. Any attack on non-combatants to further ideological aims is terrorism.
We cannot allow extremist views on any side to dominate the public narrative and polarise our societies.
Quilliam Chief Executive Haras Rafiq said:
“There is a symbiotic relationship between Islamism that views all non-Muslims as the enemy, and anti-Muslim bigotry that views all Muslims as the enemy. We cannot allow extremists from either side to hijack the narrative. Just as we ask Muslims to do more to condemn the Islamist ideology when jihadist terror attacks occur, the populist-right must be consistent and tackle anti-Muslim hate speakers who incite such attacks against Muslims.”
Quilliam Founder Maajid Nawaz said:
“The recent ISIS-inspired terror attacks have been deliberate military tactics carried out with the intention to divide and polarise our society. ISIS have told us this. In polarised societies, people tend to take refuge in extreme positions. Only the extremists on both sides gain from this downward spiral to provoking civil war. Civil society must stand up to extremism in all its forms. The desire to impose Islam and the desire to ban Islam are simply two ends to a lit fuse that can only lead to chaos.”