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The Muslim Youth Foundation is shocked and horrified at the mass shooting of worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. In what appears to be a coordinated attack at a time when Mosques are at their fullest, with Muslims attending to Friday prayers, many were killed and injured. Three men and a woman are in custody with warning that more suspects may be at large.

Early reports indicate that the attackers subscribed to a far-right, anti-immigrant Islamophobic ideology, which raises important questions about the far-right and its links to anti-Muslim terrorism.

Mr Ghazi Al Shamy, Chairman of The Muslim Youth Foundation Stated: “Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families during this incredibly difficult time, and to the entire Muslim community in New Zealand. We look forward to the authorities in New Zealand securing the safety of all its citizens, hope that the perpetrators will be captured and any further threat to innocent lives be brought to a swift end.”

MYF will be closely following developments in Christchurch and commenting as further facts are confirmed.

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The MYF was established to promote Islam to both Muslims and the wider society. The MYF was one of the pioneers in the UK in using the English language as its medium for all its programmes including the Friday khutbah as part of the Jumah salah. Initially the focus of the MYF was the development of Muslim youth through various educational, social and spiritual programmes including national youth camps with many of these youth going on to be productive, successful members of the community.

Muslim Youth Foundation has played a prominent part in promoting Inter-faith events in the local community over the years and during this period our members have partaken in many meetings with memberes of the local Anglican, Catholic, Jewish and Hindu community. We strive towards building bridges with all faith groups and our doors are open to everyone 7 days a week!