'There is no evidence Muslims are a threat' says Muslim Council of Britain official after 'unacceptable stereotyping' by police

Ibrahim Mogra has slammed Greater Manchester Police for a man who shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Great) during a terrorism training exercise, saying they shouldn't "perpetuate stereotypes"

Ibrahim Mogra (centre)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A leading member of the Muslim Council of Great Britain has criticised Greater Manchester Police for the 'unacceptable' linking of Islam with terrorism when there is 'no evidence of Muslims being a threat'.

Speaking on talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer show, MCB Assistant Secretary General Ibrahim Mogra claimed that Muslims are "suffering on many fronts" and that "perpetuating stereotypes of Islam" in relation to terrorism does not help.

His comments followed a terrorism training exercise at a Manchester shopping centre on 10 May, during which a mock 'suicide bomber' shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is great) before using a fake explosive.

This came just hours after a person was killed and three more were stabbed at a German train station by a knife-wielding man who reportedly yelled the same words.

The use of this phrase in the fake terror attack at the Trafford Centre drew condemnation from a selection of individuals on social media, prompting a swift apology from Greater Manchester Police chiefs. 

In a GMP statement, they agreed it was unacceptable and said sorry for any offence that may have been caused; a point which Mogra elaborated on when discussing the issue with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"We [Muslims] are suffering on many fronts," Mogra said on Hartley-Brewer's mid-morning show.

"The fight against terrorism should not be hampered by perpetuating stereotypes of Islam.

"We must not be one-track minded in thinking the terrorism threat we face is only from Muslims."

Mogra, an imam from Leicester, also expressed concerns about associating Islam with the so-called Islamic State. 

"We feel for too long now the 1.3 billion Muslims around the world are having to carry the blame for actions we totally condemn," he added. "This is what we are worried about. 

"We are worried the continuous stereotyping of Muslims will lead to them being seen as a threat when there is no evidence of it."