As a Cornwall Islamic Community we condemn what is widely being described as a terror attack that has taken place at Finsbury Park in London. The incident took place outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road, not the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque. According to eye witness accounts and videos taken after the incident, it appears that a white man in a van intentionally ploughed into a group of worshippers who were already tending to someone who had been taken ill. We do not know how many were injured or killed, but our prayers are with the victims and families.
Over the past weeks and months, Muslims in Cornwall as well as rest of the parts of UK have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.
Muslim communities have been calling for increased action to tackle the growth in hate crime for many years and transformative action must now be taken by Government to tackle not only this incident but the hugely worrying growth in Islamophobia. We have amongst our midst groups such as EDL and many newspaper outlets frequently target Muslim community.
For those Muslims that live in Cornwall stay vigilant and also not react in emotional manner to the incident that occurred. Cornwall is less diverse community there for has a less tendency to discrimination and hate crimes. These are tough and testing times for people of Britain. Together as residents of Cornwall we will unite and fight against terrorists that want to divide us. We sent them straight clear cut message no matter how hard they try they will not disunite us. We must remind ourselves that Muslims are not the problem; they are part of the solution. We pray for those affected by this tragedy.