For Imme­di­ate Release

We refer to the Hin­dut­va march on Sat­ur­day 17th Sep­tem­ber in Leices­ter which we strong­ly con­demn. This was con­duct­ed by far-right Hin­du nation­al­ists, inspired by RSS fas­cist ide­ol­o­gy, with the sole objec­tive of destroy­ing com­mu­nal har­mo­ny enjoyed by us all for decades.

It is extreme­ly unfor­tu­nate that the Police did not stop this extreme­ly provoca­tive march of Hin­dut­va nation­al­ists, with bal­a­clavas, and with no regard for the safe­ty and well-being of the Mus­lim community.

This is not and must not be treat­ed as an iso­lat­ed inci­dent, rather it is part of an ongo­ing con­cen­trat­ed effort to pro­voke and tar­nish the image of the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty, who have co-exist­ed peace­ful­ly right across the UK for well over half a century.

Despite many provoca­tive acts over the last few months, the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty has not react­ed and stooped to the lev­el of the per­pe­tra­tors. At the same time, law enforce­ment and city coun­cil have been, at best very slow to inves­ti­gate and take robust action and put a stop to these provo­ca­tions. Also it is dis­heart­en­ing that this root cause has not been iden­ti­fied, inves­ti­gat­ed and dealt with swiftly.

Com­mu­ni­ties have every right to live in peace and with­out any fear. We thus call upon the Police, Home Office, and City Coun­cil to prop­er­ly inves­ti­gate this, and ensure that Hin­dut­va extrem­ists are not allowed to com­mit such acts. The Hin­dut­va fas­cist ide­ol­o­gy has no place in the Unit­ed King­dom and must be con­demned by peo­ple of all faiths and none. We are hap­py to see the UK Sikh com­mu­ni­ty equal­ly con­demn­ing these acts but are unfor­tu­nate­ly sad­dened by the state­ments released by nation­al Hin­du organ­i­sa­tions which seem to appor­tion blame on the vic­tims of these acts. We can only return to how things were if we work together.

We con­done and praise the behav­iour of the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty for not react­ing to these provo­ca­tions even though some have tak­en place out­side our places of wor­ship. Please con­tin­ue with your restraint and allow the author­i­ties to con­duct their inves­ti­ga­tions thoroughly.


Wifaqul Ula­ma is a nation­al body of schol­ars rep­re­sent­ing grass­roots com­mu­ni­ties and reli­gious estab­lish­ments across the UK in order to bring both Mus­lims Schol­ars and com­mu­ni­ties togeth­er to work for the bet­ter­ment of Mus­lims in Britain.