The Council of Mosques shares the same sentiment as the rest of society in condemning the mindless looting and violence that has taken place over the past few days. It appears that there are small numbers of young people across the country causing a huge amount of damage to people’s businesses, homes and possessions. This type of behavior is not acceptable behavior in any civilized society and is categorically forbidden in Islam.
We urge all parents to ensure that they are aware of the whereabouts of their children at all times and we encourage young people to return straight home after the evening prayers and be mindful of the concerns of other members of the community.
We are confident that the Police and Emergency Services will take all necessary action to restore public order and normality across the country despite having limited resources and under such challenging circumstances. We ask that the Muslim community cooperate with police on the ground where necessary.