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MCS visit Pakistan Consulate in Glasgow

18 December 2014

The Convener and Secretary of Muslim Council of Scotland met with the Consul General Ahsan Raza Shah to express their condolences at the recent attack on the Peshawar School. Convener Dr Javed Gill also signed the book of condolences opened for visitors at the Consulate.

 

Muslim Council of Britain backs Archbishop's call to increase support for the UK hungry

08 December 2014

The Muslim Council of Britain backs the Archbishop of Canterbury call on our government to do more to support those who find themselves hungry in this time of economic hardship and austerity. The Archbishop's call comes as an All-Party Parliamentary Committee today proposes urgent recommendations to tackle food poverty and hunger.

The Secretary General of the MCB, Dr Shuja Shafi said today:-

"We are extremely concerned at reports of increasing dependency by Britons on food banks and that people are going hungry including families with young children. In our country, one of the richest in the world, this is simply unacceptable and cannot be allowed to happen. We therefore welcome the intervention by the Archbishop and fully support his call."

"Like many faith and civil society groups who have stepped up to provide food for those who find themselves in the unfortunate situation struggling to put meal on the table, many of our affiliated and other Muslim organisations have come forward to set up and support food banks. And we call upon our organisations to redouble our efforts. However, it is ultimately upon our government to ensure that sufficient support is provided so that no one has to spend a night in hunger."

 

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Muslim Council of Scotland Statement:

The killing of children: A most heinous crime

16/12/2014

 

Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS) is completely shocked at the brutal and senseless attack by Taliban militants on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has left some 132 children dead. Although Pakistan has over the last few years experienced an onslaught of violence perpetrated by this group, targeting shopping centres, mosques and churches, the sheer horror of targeting the truly innocent in this latest attack has left every person numb with shock.

The Taliban have once again proven themselves to be nothing more than savages, who feel no shame in attacking a school full of children. What goal or gain they expected to achieve through the killing of innocent children, frankly beggars belief.

MCS calls on the Pakistan Government to take immediate action at providing assistance to all affected families and addressing the root causes of this atrocity. Although the Taliban deliberately chose to target a school where a large number of students are from families linked to the armed forces, the Pakistan Army must not allow this massacre to deter them from stepping up their campaign, to bring an end to the carnage wrought by this vicious group.

Dr Javed Gill, the Convener of Muslim Council of Scotland has urged all mosques in Scotland to hold special prayers for those affected. "WE are all struggling to come to terms with the events of today, the sanctity of life is always paramount in Islam, especially concerning children. Therefore, we ask all mosques to hold prayers for the victims of this attack, as well as the mothers and fathers who have lost their loved ones today."

 

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