After Terror Attacks, Faith Groups Concerned About Backlash

July 8, 2005

Source: BBC News

On July 8, 2005 BBC News reported, "Muslim leaders in Bradford have said they fear a possible backlash against their communities after the bomb attacks in London. Dr. Abdul Barry Malik from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association said he hoped people realised the bombings on Thursday were the acts of individuals.

Major faith groups in Yorkshire have united to condemn the attacks...Dr. Malik said Muslim communities had previously suffered when some young men were found to be associated with members of Al Qaeda.

But he said no minority group should be made a scapegoat.

'Years ago when we had some attacks on British cities by Irish terrorists we didn't blame the Christians as a whole or the Roman Catholics,' he said.

'We should not blame all the Muslim communities.'"