Following the horrific attack on worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque on Monday 19 June, I have written today to the Imams of Peckham Islamic Centre, New Peckham Mosque, Camberwell Islamic Centre, BECA Masjid and the Old Kent Road Mosque to express my sympathy and to urge anyone who experiences Islamophobia to report it to the police immediately. Full text of my letter:
I am so dismayed to be writing to you again following a terrorist attack. My thoughts are with everyone affected by the Finsbury Park Mosque attack and with all those who pray at your mosque.
This was a horrific attack on innocent people observing Ramadan. I want to assure you that we will not tolerate this and I’m sure the police will bring the perpetrators to justice.
Southwark Police have told me that following the attack, dedicated ward officers will be visiting mosques in the borough each day to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan. If you, or any of those who worship at your mosque experience harassment, I urge you to report it to the police as soon as possible.
This is no doubt an extremely difficult time for the whole community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns you have or issues you want to raise.