PRESS STATEMENT – 26 JULY 2016
CMRM Condemns Inhumane Killing of Catholic Priest
The Claremont Main Road Mosque (CMRM) congregation strongly condemns the brutal killing of an 85 year-old Catholic priest by two ISIS/Da`ish supporters during a mass at a Church in Normandy, France. The inhumane and gruesome killing of the elderly Father Jacques Hamel and the sacriligeous violation of a sacred prayer space bears testimony to the merciless ideology of Da`ish. It is apparent that Da’ish is hell-bent on fuelling a religious war between Muslims and Christians. However, their war is a war on humanity and our response should reflect a deep respect for the sanctity of all human life. This tragic incident should spur us to redouble our efforts at reaching out to each other across religious divides. Our thoughts and prayers are with the congregation of the Church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and the Catholic Church at large.
SIGNED: Jaamia Galant (Secretary) and Imam Dr. Rashied Omar
OBO CMRM Board of Governors