BRITISH Muslim leaders called yesterday for government action after a Manchester mosque was badly damaged in an arson attack.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is Britain’s biggest Muslim umbrella body with more than 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations including mosques, charities and schools.
It made its call after the Nasfat mosque suffered its third arson attack in three years on July 16. Police are investigating the fire as a hate crime.
Other incidents have included pigs’ heads being thrown into the building.
MCB secretary-general Harun Khan said: “With Islamophobic hatred like this Manchester arson attack, the mowing down of worshippers in north London or incitement of hatred against East London Mosque in the last six weeks to name but a few, we urge the UK government and all parts of British civil society to adopt a co-ordinated and strategic approach to tackling this form of extremism.”