In light of the recent atrocities in Paris, Beirut, Syria, Palestine, and many other places, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) condemn all acts of indiscriminate violence, terrorism and the killing of innocent people.
iERA is extremely saddened by recent events and the continuing cycle of violence around the world. However, these events will only strengthen our resolve, ambition and motivation to create a society that is cohesive, tolerant, peaceful and just.
iERA would like to reaffirm its principles of dialogue, nonviolence, and compassion. Its work is focused on conveying a peaceful, intelligent and rational case for Islam, as well as removing fears and misconceptions in society.
It is important to note that we must not allow such events to create divisions and hatred, it is unfortunate that there has been an increase in Islamophobic attacks, particularly against Muslim women. This Islamophobia must also stop, and iERA’s work presents the solution to the irrational hatred of Islam and Muslims.
In the past few years iERA have focused on, and will continue to work towards achieving tolerance, peace and harmony through:
• Educating Muslims on how to peacefully and lovingly speak about Islam to their fellow citizens.
• Conveying the message that our role as Muslims is to be a beacon of light for Britain and the world as a whole.
• Intelligently articulating Islam to the wider community.
• Removing misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, thereby removing doubts and fears.
• Loving for others what we love for ourselves, as evidenced by our One Community department.
• Discussing points of contention, concern and misunderstanding via our ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!‘ platform.
• Spreading the message that Islam forbids the killing of innocent people and that injustice must never be responded to with further injustice.
• Combatting deliberate hateful and malicious misrepresentations of Islamic orthodoxy and its peaceful for mainstream speakers.
iERA’s chairman and co-founder, Abdurraheem Green, said:
“These acts of terror and murder have no Islamic justification. We at iERA have been at the forefront of teaching Muslims and non-Muslims what Islam says about these issues and that we must all strive for peace, harmony and tolerance.”
iERA will be starting new campaigns to teach the world that Islam is a religion that is not only the antithesis to terrorism and related acts of religious extremism, but that it is also it’s antidote.
We believe that it is now time to stop hiding behind slogans and urge the Muslim community to explain the Islamic ethical approach to these issues. This will dispel myths, promote peace and refute those that aim to cause havoc, death and destruction.
Notes to editors:
The Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) is a UK-based charity dedicated to providing a better understanding of Islam in order to create a more peaceful and harmonious society.
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