Individuals claiming to be self-styled ‘Muslim patrols’ have
been harassing members of the public on the streets of east London late at
night, including outside our mosque after it has closed. They have anonymously
uploaded their exploits to the internet.
These actions are utterly unacceptable and clearly designed
to stoke tensions and sow discord. We wholly condemn them. The East London
Mosque is committed to building co-operation and harmony between all
communities in this borough. The actions of this tiny minority have no place in
our faith nor on our streets.
Earlier this week we contacted the Police and the local
authorities to alert them to the presence of these individuals and video. We
advise anyone who has been harassed by these individuals to contact the Police.
We will monitor the situation closely and our Imams will be
speaking out against such actions.