PRESS RELEASE – 19th November 2015
British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD) stand united in grief and anger at the 13th November terrorist attacks in Paris. We extend our solidarity to the people of Paris, and send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. The international community must take any steps needed to assist French authorities, in terms of bringing the perpetrators to justice.
We believe that simply condemning acts of violence and terrorism is not enough; we need to combat the ideology underpinning such acts, which represent an attack on our values and cultural life. Yesterday, the Global Terrorist Index reported an 80% rise in terrorism-related deaths, which now number around 32,000. We mourn and remember the victims of all such attacks, and strengthen our resistance to those who seek to divide and subjugate humanity.
BMSD trustee Dr Shaaz Mahboob said: “Civil society organisations around the world must unite in opposing the extremist ideologies that motivate such atrocities. We must reinforce our resolve to stand for secular values, and work towards peace and security, no matter where we live. We need to do this by challenging extremist views within our communities, our homes and workplaces.”
Notes to the editors:
1. bmsd is made up of a group of Muslim democrats of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds, who support a clear separation between religion and the State.
2. bmsd’s mission statement: “To promote civic engagement, social inclusion, responsible citizenship and good governance particularly within constituent Muslim communities of Britain; to combat anti-Muslim sentiment; in order to build an understanding of the shared values between all citizens to enable them to live in an inclusive, pluralist, secular and confident Britain.”
3. bmsd claims no mandate or false representative status. Our primary concern is democratic engagement not detailed theological analysis or debate. The level and depth of commitment to the doctrinal core and orthodoxy of the faith varies among Muslims as much as it does in members of other faith groups. bmsd founders wish to create a platform for alternative, diverse Muslim views, essential for a progressive, multi-layered, democratic identity that is not in conflict with itself or fellow citizens.
4. For details please visit http://www.bmsd.org.uk. For any further queries, please contact: Dr Shaaz Mahboob on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tehmina Kazi on email@example.com or 0207 250 8108.