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Forest Gate mosque organising hate crime discussion in response to ‘Punish a Muslim’ letter

PUBLISHED: 17:23 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:43 13 March 2018

The letter was sent to addresses in London and elsewhere. Photo: Tell MAMA/PA Wire

The letter was sent to addresses in London and elsewhere. Photo: Tell MAMA/PA Wire

A Forest Gate mosque has said it is “appalled” at the circulation of a letter inciting violence against Muslims by encouraging participation in ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ and has planned a community discussion on hate crime.

The Minhaj-ul-Qur’an mosque has raised concerns over the rise in prejudice.

“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,” said a mosque spokesman.

The letter, which was sent to addresses London and other UK cities, was promoting a day of violence against Muslims.

“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,” he added.

The letter begins: “They have hurt you, they have made your loved ones suffer. They have caused you pain and heartache. What are you going to do about it?”

The letter then goes on to list a number of violent acts to be carried out on the day of action, April 3, next to point scores for the different acts.

Possible actions include “verbally abuse a Muslim,” “pull the headscarf off a Muslim woman” and “burn or bomb a mosque”.

“Nuke Mecca” is the top of the list.

The mosque has planned a Solidarity Community Safety Event joint with the police to discuss hate crime.

TellMAMA, an organisation that works to address anti-Muslim hatred, and councillors will also be in attendance.

The discussion will take place on Sunday, March 18 from 2 to 4pm at 292 Romford Road, Forest Gate.

The mosque spokesman added: “We would like to urge people to remain calm but vigilant and report any incidents 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.”

For further information about the event contact Shahid Mahmood on 07786 478961 or email s.mahmood@rocketmail.com.

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