Posted On 16-09-2014
27 June 2014- JOINT STATEMENT ON THE FIGHT AGAINST EXTREMISM IN CARDIFF
As community and religious leaders, and elected representatives in Cardiff, we are determined to work together to build a strong, cohesive and tolerant city, based on mutual respect. We reject extremism and together we will challenge those who want to destabilize and damage our communities and our young people.
Recent reports about young men from Cardiff who appear to have joined extremists fighting with ISIS in Syria and Iraq are of grave concern to all of us in this city.
We reject the words of these individuals, and we condemn those who have recruited these young and impressionable individuals with false promises and a twisted version of Islam.
Here in Cardiff we have a long history of respect and interaction between our diverse communities, among them some of the oldest Muslim communities in Britain. Only last week a publication was launched which spells out the true message of Islam with a clear message of peace and social justice – messages supported by Imams and welcomed by local and national leaders.
We all stand together to challenge those who preach hate - from whatever community, faith or denomination they come. And we are committed to redouble our efforts to act together to tackle those who seek to exploit and mislead our young people, and expose them to the siren words of manipulative extremists.
These people and their ideologies have no place in Cardiff - and they are not welcome here.
We call upon all members of our community to be vigilant against any suspicious behaviour or actions that might threaten the security and peace of our Cardiff community.
Saleem Kidwai OBE, KFO, FRSA, Secretary General Muslim Council of Wales
Stephen Doughty MP, Cardiff South and Penarth
Rt Hon Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner, South Wales Police
Kevin Brennan MP, Cardiff West
Jenny Willott MP, Cardiff Central
Jonathan Evans MP, Cardiff North
Cllr Phil Bale – Leader, Cardiff Council
Qari Ghulam, Nabi Saheb Qibla Masjid e Bilal, Severn Road, Canton
Shaykh Mohammed Abdi Dahir, Noorul Islam Mosque, Butetown
Shaykh Yaqub Kutkut, Darul Isra Mosque
Molana Mushtaq, Darul Isra Mosque
Dr Gaber El Sharoud, Muslim Association of Britain Wales
Shaykh Abu Basheer, Shaykh Ali Hamuda, Shaykh Kamal Idrissy Al-Manaar Mosque
Madina Mosque Crwys House, Crwys Road
Qari Ferozuddin & Shaykh Haider, Zaman Madni Mosque & Community Centre, 1-3 Dalcross Street
Shaykh Zain & Shaykh Daud Salaman, South Wales Islamic Centre Alice Street, Butetown
Masjid Omer, Connaught Road
Shah Jalal Mosque, Crwys Road
Jalalia Mosque, Machen Place
Masjid e Ikhlas, Broadway
Molana Dr Monsur Ali, Centre for the Study of Islam Cardiff University
Mufti Bilal Saheb Qibla, Hafiz Siddque Saheb Masjid e Abu Bakar, Grangetown
Mufti Tariq Saheb Qibla, Masjid e Uthman, Riverside
Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, Rabbaniah Islamic Centre, Clare Road
Vaughan Gething AM, Cardiff South and Penarth
Mark Drakeford AM, Cardiff West
Jenny Rathbone AM, Cardiff Central
Julie Morgan AM, Cardiff North
Cllr. Ali Ahmed Butetown and Cardiff Bay Cllr. Dilwar Ali, Llandaff North
Cllr Mohammed Javed, Plasnewydd
Cllr Manzoor Ahmed, Adamsdown
Cllr Ashley Govier, Grangetown
Cllr Lynda Thorne, Grangetown
Cllr Chris Lomax, Grangetown
Reverend Canon Aled Edwards OBE, Chief Executive of Cytûn: Churches Together in Wales
Rev’d Caroline Downs, Priest in Charge, Parish of Cathays
Rabbi Michoel Rose, Cardiff United Synagogue
Association of Muslim Professionals
Ihsaan Social Support Association
Muslim Youth Wales (MY Wales