In light of the terrorist attack at two mosques in New Zealand earlier today it is more important than ever that the security of our mosques is maintained, especially during busy periods like Friday prayers.
A breakdown of tips is below:
1. Establish contact with your local Police
- Request their support or presence at your mosque if you feel this will re-assure your worshippers.
- Develop a long-term relationship with them to ensure they can support you in future.
- Ensure they have your contact details, and also that your staff and volunteers have the contact numbers of your local Police or PCSO.
2. Re-assure your congregation
- Many of your worshippers and neighbours will naturally feel more anxious in such times as these. Re-assure them that such violent incidents are rare and your mosque and the Police are doing everything possible to keep them safe.
- Remind them to stay calm and measured – disunity and panic is exactly what the criminals are seeking to create and we must stand together and not let them succeed.
- Inform your worshippers of the means to report hate crime (See Point 5 & 6 below)
3. Emergency Exits
- Staff and volunteers should be aware of the main emergency exits of your building(s) and any emergency exit procedures.
- Ensure doors are not obstructed or locked.
4. Cameras and Alarms
- Cameras and alarms are effective deterrents against criminal activity. If you do not have cameras or alarm systems installed, consider installing them covering external and internal parts of your premises. Your local police can advise on suitable systems.
- If you do have them, ensure they are fully working and connected.
5. Reporting hate crime and threats
- If you fear a potential hate crime incident, report it by calling 999 directly.
- Less imminent threats can also be reported online
6. Informing congregation on reporting hate crime
- Many worshippers may not know how to report hate crime. Consider putting up posters in your mosque/circulating this information to your congregation via Whatsapp/Email on how to report hate crime via the above means.
- Posters should be in English as well as other languages spoken by your congregation.
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The AIIT and Peckham High Street Islamic and Cultural Centre (PHSICC) condemn the recent attack at two mosques in New Zealand
The African Ivorian Islamic Trust (AIIT) and Peckham High Street Islamic and Cultural Centre (PHSICC) strongly and unequivocally condemn the horrific and tragic incident that happened in New Zealand during Jumma’h prayer where at least 49 people were confirmed dead and many others injured.
We are greatly saddened by this attack on innocent Muslims while performing their religious duty. The occurrence of this attack in a country that is known to be open, friendly and diverse, is a direct indication of the need to urgently and with outmost seriousness handle the issue of Islamophobia and other forms of Racism in our communities.
This latest attack was not only deadly, the attacker did not spare any one, men, women including young children.
Our whole community aligns its voice with that of all good people of the United Kingdom and the world to emphatically condemn this act of terrorism and criminality. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and we sincerely share in their pain and wish them all the strength they need at this difficult time. We call on all our communities, both Muslims and non-Muslims, particularly Muslims as we attend the Jumma’h services in our different communities to stay vigilant and alert while we pray for peace to prevail.
We all need to come together in solidarity to ensure that the forces of evil and hatred do not prevail during this period. We should all continue to work together to ensure that such acts of terrorism do not cower us or divide us. We should stand together in peace and unity.
We hope the perpetrators are brought to justice and the UK government and other governments around the world come together to fight all forms of terrorism wherever it stems from.
AIIT and PHSICC
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