Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
“Allah Almighty said: O my servants, I have forbidden injustice for myself and I have forbidden it among you, so do not oppress one another. [Muslim]
The Muslim Association of Britain is appalled at the callous murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, USA. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Mr George Floyd and the families of all black brothers and sisters that are grieving the loss of their loved ones at the hands of police brutality.
The protests which broke out across the United States and the world demanding justice for George and for all black men and women killed at the hands of racism and anti-blackness, reflect the anger and pain many of us feel. But this feeling of anger alone is not enough to bring about justice and to drive the change that is so desperately needed.
We have an obligation as Muslims to be anti-racist, and to stand up against injustice wherever it arises. Racism is not an opinion; it is the lived reality of many of our black brothers and sisters. Solidarity is not an option, it is a duty and lifelong commitment to end racism. Solidarity means to drive out anti-Blackness wherever it arises, from our hearts, speech, actions and from our local spaces and communities.
We also recognise as an organisation that there remains a lot of work for us to do. That is why we will commit to ensuring that we raise awareness within our own membership by collaborating and working with more black activists and black-led organisations. We are also committed to ensuring that our current and future leadership and members are trained and developed on institutionalised racism and the necessity of ensuring within their role, that the organisation is truly more inclusive and reflective, to eradicate racism locally and globally.
May we be agents of change and justice on this earth. Please keep our black brothers and sisters in your prayers and join our commitment to fighting racism and ending this injustice. #BlackLivesMatter
Muslim Association of Britain
1st June 2020
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