Birmingham, UK, October 24 – Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, the Islamic political party, today called on Muslims in Birmingham to remain calm and exhibit restraint after a weekend of violence in the Lozells area. It also reminded Muslims in Birmingham of the need to maintain good relations and live in harmony with their fellow non-Muslim citizens.
In light of the recent riots and violence in the Lozells area of Birmingham, local members of Hizb ut-Tahrir have been working in the community to alleviate tensions and restore calm in the community. On Sunday 23rd October, Abdul Kareem, an Afro-Caribbean Muslim and member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, addressed the local community at Jame Central mosque. Abdul Kareem said, "As a Muslim community we need to adhere to Islam which condemns racism," and with respect to the wider community Abdul Kareem said, "We are working to hold discussions with Church leaders from the Afro-Caribbean community."
Earlier today [24th October], local members of Hizb ut-Tahrir together with leading business figures organised a public meeting at Mansfield Park. Basharat Ali, a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, addressed a gathering of approximately three hundred community and business leaders. The meeting was attended by a representative of West Midlands Police, Tom Duffin, who also spoke, together with local councillor Ayub Khan, and was chaired by Basharat Ali. The event was covered by the Evening Mail, Birmingham Post, BBC and GEO TV, amongst other media organisations.
Basharat Ali, a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and chairman of today's public meeting said, "As a result of today's open discussion there was a greater sense of calm amongst the local community especially when there was a great feeling of frustration and neglect. People felt more confident that the matter would be resolved and that we as the local community leaders are making progress in resolving the issue. The police also felt this was a positive step forward in resolving this issue."
"Our members are out on the streets discussing with the youth, encouraging them to remain calm and show restraint."