ASIA/SINGAPORE - The Mufti of Singapore to the Archbishop: "the massacre in Lahore is against Islam"

Thursday, 31 March 2016 islam   terrorism   violence   dialogue   peace  

Straits Times

Singapore (Agenzia Fides) - The terrorist attack in Lahore, which targeted civilians indiscriminately, "is not only against Islamic teachings, but it is also an attack against all humanity": is what the Muslim leader in Singapore, mufti Mohamed Fatris Bakaram said in a letter of condolence sent to the island's Catholic Archbishop, Mgr. William Goh.
The letter, sent to Fides, condemned the criminal act which killed 73 people and over 300 were injured in Lahore on Easter Sunday: "We strongly condemn the attack in Lahore and express our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims. We must join together to tell our clear horror of such acts of inhumanity". The mufti specifies that "it is unjustifiable to attack another human being just because they have a different faith", recalling that the attack was "an act of inhumanity and an affront to the people who believe in the values of compassion and peaceful coexistence". This is "a serious error towards peace and inter-religious harmony, promoted by Islam".
On the same day the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore condemned the acts of violence committed in the name of Islam around the world, including attacks in Istanbul, Jakarta, in Syria, in Ankara, Brussels, as well as in Lahore. "We are saddened and outraged by such cruelty", the Council said. "Along with all Muslims and all the inhabitants of Singapore, we express closeness and solidarity to the families of all the victims of these senseless tragedies" wrote the Council in a statement. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 31/03/2016)