The British Muslim Associations want to release a joint statement on the sad events in Toulouse and asked me for my opinion. This is what I shared below (pictures I added for the blog post):
Thank you for including me in this vital conversation. I’ve been so far tracking this very interesting thread and appreciate the different perspectives. I must preface that though I’m of Pakistani ethnic origin; I’m not a Muslim therefore I don’t want to intrude into what ideally should be an internal conversation. But from my perspective any statement should be brief, succinct and above all emphasize the common humanity.
The incidents that transpired where the little children and their father were killed solely for their Jewish ethnicity (and where the other little girl was actually chased by the gunman and then shot point blank).
I would simply condemn the murders, loss of life, violence as an unacceptable recourse to political issues and anti-Semitism of any kind.
I would perhaps add a simple message from the Holy Quran but would not belabour the point or refer to Islam; since no one so far has suggest or indicted the wider Muslim community in the heinous actions of the gunman.
The fact that the statement will be a joint release on behalf of several Muslim organisations will be more than enough to display the profound and deep regret the British Muslim community has at the actions committed in Toulouse.