Christchurch attack shows extreme effects of Islamophobia

PUTRAJAYA:  Local non-profit organisation Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) fully supports the decision of the Dewan Rakyat on Monday to unanimously approve an emergency motion condemning the bloody attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand last Friday which claimed more than 50 lives.

Its president Nik Omar Nik Abdul Aziz said the incident was a violent act that could be regarded as a humanitarian crime which must be denounced by the international community.

“The act of intruding into the privacy of Muslims who are practising their religious beliefs illustrates how closely linked the behaviour and attitudes of certain parties are with Islamophobia.

“All kinds of acts of radicalism are contrary to the universal values recognised by all religions and the concept of human rights recognised by all nations in the world,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

“The random shooting of Muslims preparing for the Friday prayers is an act born of the worst attitude towards religious freedom guaranteed by the United Nations and the New Zealand government,” he said.

Nik Omar said the Islamic law basically protects and values human beings as dignified individuals and all actions against human freedom and dignity are against Islamic law.

“Violence will lead to new violence and cultivates a vicious cycle of revenge,” he said.

The terrorist attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch also injured more than 20 people, including three Malaysians. – Bernama