Condemnation of Manchester Arena Attack
Dated: May 26, 2017
World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL) condemns the horrific bomb attack on innocent civilians, particularly children, at the Manchester Arena event. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims.
This cowardly, barbaric attack is a direct affront to humanity. It is wholly criminal and anyone defending or harbouring the possible network of criminals involved is just as guilty as the perpetrators.
However we must not lose sight of our humanity or justice in the face of this criminal act. This terrorism is the act of a few who taint the name of Islam. The reported spate of Islamophobic attacks on a mosque and on some Muslim citizens following this suicide attack are extremely unfortunate and must be condemned with the same vigour as the attack itself.
This terrorist ideology is responsible for the daily murders of Sunni and Shia Muslims, Christians, Yezidis, Ahmadis, Alawis, among others, throughout the Muslim world. WABIL condemns those acts, that our media and many organisations tend to ignore, as much as this terrible attack in Manchester.
WABIL however states, in unequivocal terms, that it is not enough for Muslim organisations and British Muslims to simply condemn this attack without addressing the root problem. Extremism is a threat that is harboured and encouraged in some mosques and groups. It must be rooted out. It is the responsibility of Muslims themselves to do this. The deviated Salafi-Wahabi theology is the root cause of extremism both at home here in the UK and overseas. It is not enough to blame extremist groups such as ISIS. The theology that inspires them must be eradicated, as it has no bearing on the Islam as taught by the Prophet (pbuh) and his Holy Progeny. The hand behind all these attacks is that of the Saudis through their arming, training and funding of ISIS and its affiliates. As long as our governments are making despicable unethical arms deals with this rogue state, these terrorist groups will increase and proliferate. The solution to this terror is to urge our governments to stop funding the terrorists.
WABIL urges Sunni organisations to join with us to counteract this cancerous ideology by working with public bodies.
We offer prayers for all the victims of terrorism.
World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL)