We are posting the message below from the campaign ‘Hope not Hate’. We believe racial hatred is an issue which should concern us all. We welcome this initiative to promote understanding across communities.
‘We are currently in the middle of Ramadan, a time for fasting, reflection and giving for all Muslims.
Since the awful and inexcusable murder of Lee Rigby there has been an upsurge in anti-Muslim hatred. People have been threatened, mosques attacked and the level of online hatred is unprecedented. A man has just been charged with murdering an elderly Muslim man in Birmingham and setting off three bombs outside mosques in the Black Country.
An entire community is being blamed for the actions of two extremists and that is totally unacceptable.
Muslim organisations are coming together to host The Big Iftar – an initiative to open up mosques and other community buildings to non-Muslims and share a meal.
This weekend, on 27 and 28 July, there are dozens of events around the country.
In the immediate aftermath of Woolwich Muslim organisations moved quickly to denounce the murder of Lee Rigby and state clearly that the murderers did not act in their name. Now, with the Muslim communities feeling increasingly threatened, it is the time for non-Muslims to show their solidarity.
Attending a Big Iftar event – a meal to break the fast – is one way of doing that.
If you are unable to attend a Big Iftar event then perhaps you would prefer a more intimate interaction with a Muslim family. HOPE not hate is also promoting the Dine@Mine initiative. Click and sign up. Muslim households in London, Slough, Birmingham, Leicester, Leeds and Manchester will host a meal for non-Muslims.
Food is an excellent excuse to come together and it is also a great way to show our solidarity with others.
At a time when extremists in all communities are seeking to divide us, let us come together and show –
We Are The Many.’
The nearest event for those in North West Leeds is at
Makkah Jamia Masjid
Saturday 27th July 2013, Time: 8pm
36 Thornville Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1JY.
Phone: 0113 244 2684