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|Council of Indian
Hindu Graffiti on the Mosque Wall Causes Tension in Ilford
London, 7 October, 2002:
Tension is running high in Ilford, east London, after Om, (symbol of Hindu
prayer), and a slogan 'jai Hindutwa' (long live Hinduism) was found
painted on the wall of a mosque, Masjid-e-Da'watul Islam (The Ilford
Muslim Society, 112 Balfour Road, Ilford Essex IG1 4JE) yesterday.
Muslims of the area are suspecting local VHP activists who have created
such problems in the past as well which was mutually resolved by community
leaders. However in view of VHP's shameless defence and glorification of
and abetment in the crimes committed in Gujarat, the mosque committee has
decided not to talk to the VHP.
The CIM has deplored the incident as an uncalled for provocation by the
miscreants. 'This is an outrageous act aimed at poisoning community
relations in the UK on the pattern of Gujarat and is highly deplorable'.
Mr Munaf Zeena, Chairman of the CIM said in a statement today.
He added, 'This particular mosque is managed by Indian Muslims. Before
this on the night of 11 December the office of an Indian Muslim solicitor
was broken into in North London in which the perpetrators did not take
away anything but to express their hatred against Muslims they burnt a
copy of the Holy Qur'an by putting it in a plate and a Qur'anic
calligraphic piece in the sink. We suspect a common motive - provocation
of communal discard and hatred - behind these two incidents
Mr Zeena also said, 'Incidents like this have to be seen against the
background of the VHP leaders' visit to the UK. We have been asking Home
Office to take seriously the threat posed by the VHP to the community
relations and ban its leaders from India from entering the UK.'
Mr Zeena urged all peace loving and responsible members of the Indian
community to be vigilant and thwart the dirty plans of the VHP to incite
trouble and get political gains.
Sd/- Mohamed Munaf Zeena (Contact:
COUNCIL OF INDIAN MUSLIMS (UK)
68 Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 6AA
Tel: 020 8806 1147 Fax: 020 8806 6859 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
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