Minhaj-ul-Qur’an International (UK) is appalled at the letter reportedly in circulation inciting violence against Muslims (‘Punish a Muslim Day’).
It is obvious that the letter has been written by a sick and prejudiced individual or individuals, but we should remember the vast majority of people would regard it as completely objectionable and would condemn it. It is however reflective of an increase in hate against minority groups of all kinds, which needs to be challenged by all sections of society.
We would like to urge people to remain calm but vigilant and report any incidents to the police. Anyone in immediate danger should call 999, but if you are not in immediate danger or have suffered from a hate crime in the past, then report it using the non-emergency number 101. If you receive this letter, please try to limit the amount of handling of the letter ro preserve evidence and immediately report it to the police.
We are confident that our communities will not be intimidated by this letter, and will continue about their normal daily lives and that British society will remain united and in solidarity against hate towards any members of our communities.
We would also like to invite everyone to attend our Community Safety Event, jointly organised with the Metropolitan Police, and featuring TellMamaUK and council leaders, which will involve an open discussion about hate crime. Have your say on Sunday 18th March 2018 2pm-4pm at Minhaj-ul-Qur’an, 292 Romford Road, Newham, London E7 9HD.