The murder of Asad Shah was a despicable crime. The Muslim Council of Scotland makes it clear that nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands and nothing justifies that.
Scotland as a society needs to work in partnership to challenge and defeat all forms of hatred and intolerance and the Muslim Council of Scotland will ensure it works with all communities to achieve this.
Muslim Council of Scotland has been deeply saddened by the callous and brutal murder of Father Jacques Hamel during morning Mass in his church in Normandy onTuesday 26th July.
Although we have become almost accustomed to the horrendous indiscriminateactions of Daesh, this latest killing has proved once again there is no limit to how lowthis group will stoop to illustrate its brutality. Continued
Arson Attack on Edinburgh Central Mosque
Muslim Council of Scotland has condemned the arson attack on the Edinburgh Central Mosque. Police have called this a "hate crime" and described an object being thrown at the Mosque in Potterrow at about 02:10 on Sunday, which caused minor fire damage to a door, a small bush in the garden area was also damaged. Fortuntaely nobody was hurt in the attack.
A record number of hate crimes have been recoreded across the UKin recent months, particulraly since the EU Referendum Scotland has also seen a spike in such attacks too.
Muslim women have faced the main brunt of such attacks including one reported in Yoker Park in Dumbartonshire, last month, when a Muslim woman was racially abused by a 59 year old woman who also attempted to pull the victims headscarf off.
Muslim Council of Scotland will continue to liaise with Police Scotland on anti-Muslim hate crimes in Scotland.
Speaking after the recent attack in Edinburgh, Dr Javed Gill the Convener of MCS he said "this is a shocking attack against a place of worship, we are thankful that no major damage was done". He also called on mosque leaders to remain vigilant and report any incident or suspicios activity immediately to the Police.
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The Muslim Council of Scotland is a membership-based umbrella organisation, accommodating and reflecting the variety of social and cultural backgrounds and outlook of the muslim community.
It is an independent body working to promote consultation, cooperation and coordination on Muslim affairs in Scotland.
It is a non-sectarian and non-partisan body working for the common good without interfering in, displacing or isolating any existing work in communities.
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