It is reported today 18th November 2014 that two men armed with axes, knives and a pistol have killed four Israelis and wounded several others in a Jerusalem synagogue where those attacked had gathered for worship and prayer.
We strongly condemn all such attacks on innocent people and on a place of worship. Such attacks are against not just the spirit but also the letter of Islamic teachings. The Holy Quran makes it a duty of every Muslim to protect all places of worship. It says:
And if Allah did not repel some people (those who persecute believers) by others (Muslims), cloisters, and churches, and synagogues, and mosques in which Allah’s name is much remembered, would have been pulled down. (ch 22: verse 40)
Shahid Aziz, President of the UK branch of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Association for propagation of Islam, said
“I am shocked and dismayed by this barbarism. I speak on behalf of all members of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam when I say that such acts are a blot on the holy name of Islam. They should be condemned by Muslims of all sects and nationalities.”
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