Muslims in the UK have expressed disappointment at the latest tweet outburst from the US president which linked the rise in UK crime with ‘Islamic terror’. The Office for National Statistics has reported a thirteen per cent rise in recorded crime, with 5.2m offences recorded by police in the year to June. The report makes little mention of terrorism but does note increases in gun crime, knife crime and sexual offences. Recently released Home Office figures also show that hate crime reporting has soared. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Zameer Khan, secretary of Sheffield’s Madina Mosque.
Further protests are planned in Sheffield and around the world as the UN reports over 270,000 Rohingya muslims fleeing Myanmara amid fears of mass atrocities. Witnesses have reported seeing minority Rohingya children beheaded and civilians burnt alive at the hands of Burmese military and paramilitar forces. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Nasser Raouf, one of the organisers of last week’s protest and vigil.
Hundreds of people gathered at Barker’s Pool on Wednesday for a vigil and demonstration in support of thousands of Rohingya muslims who have been killed or forced to flee their homes in Myanmar. Sheffield councillors and activists are calling for the Nobel Laureate and Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Freedom of the City over the lack of action to protect Myanmar’s muslim minority. According to the United Nations, an estimated 164,000 Rohingya muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State since violence erupted two weeks ago, many taking to the sea in fishing boats to reach Bangladesh. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Muslim community leaders have welcomed news that South Yorkshire Police will step up patrols around the city’s mosques in the wake of the weekend terror attack in London. Police have vowed to enhance their presence at mosques as the holy month of Ramadan enters its final week. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live! from the Madina Mosque in Nether Edge.
Members of the Muslim community in Sheffield have come together to express condemnation of last week’s terrorist attack in Westminster. Using the hashtag #notinourname members of the community called for harmony and a united front for all religions in the face of violent extremism. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to community members at the Madina Masjid mosque.
A conference promoting peace has been held in Sheffield by local Muslims to help people understand what Islam teaches.
A conference looking at the role that Muslims played in the First World War and how all religions can work together to promote understanding rather then War at the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Sheffield.
The Sheffield Ahmadiyya Muslim Association has been selling poppies to collect money for the British Legion. Under the slogan Love for all, Hatred for none, AMA has collected £60,000 nationally for the poppy appeal.