On Tuesday night, the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque and the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara, both in Beeston in Leeds, were subject to arson attacks within minutes of one another. This followed a march by right wing supporters of EDL founder Tommy Robinson through Leeds city centre last Friday.
In the light of these events, we have sent the following message to the mosque and the gudwara. We also hope to have a presence at the vigil in Beeston Cross Flatts Park on Sunday. It is so hard to know what to do in such circumstances, but prayer and presence seem a good place to start.
To all who worship at the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque and the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara,
It was with deep sadness that we read the news of the attacks on your places of worship on Tuesday. The kind of hate and ignorance shown by these actions is against everything we believe, and against everything we pray for our city.
Words will not easily dismiss the fear and confusion you must feel in the wake of these events, but it does nothing to stay silent and we want you to hear messages of love and friendship that we hope will speak louder and truer.
Please know that we are praying for your peace and protection and for the softening of the hearts of those who seek to cause harm and unrest, and would like to be involved in any events or activities where we can stand with you in solidarity.
With love and blessing from members of Revive Baptist Church, North Leeds