Mufti of Singapore condemns Lahore attack in letter to Archbishop

Mufti of Singapore condemns Lahore attack in letter to Archbishop

In the letter to Archbishop William Goh, Singapore's top Muslim leader Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram says the "indiscriminate bombing" is not only against Islamic teachings, it is also an attack against of all humanity.

SINGAPORE: The Mufti of Singapore Mohamed Fatris Bakaram on Tuesday (Mar 29) wrote to the head of the Catholic church Archbishop William Goh, condemning Sunday's bombing in the Pakistani city of Lahore which killed at least 72 during an Easter celebration.

At least eight children were among those slain and more than 200 others injured.

In the letter, the Mufti said the "indiscriminate bombing" is not only against Islamic teachings, but also "an attack against all of humanity".

"We strongly condemn the bombing in Lahore and offer our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims. We should unite to register our clear abhorrence of such faithless acts of inhumanity," he wrote.

Dr Fatris added that in Islam, it is unjustifiable to attack another human being just because they hold a different faith.

"The bombing is an act of inhumanity and an affront against people who believe in the values of compassion and peaceful co-existence," he said. "The attack in Lahore, therefore, is a gross deviation from the inter-religious peace and harmony that is promoted by Islam."

The Mufti's response comes after a day the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) condemned the acts of violence around the world, including attacks in Istanbul, Jakarta, Syria, Ankara, Brussels, as well as Lahore.

"We are saddened and outraged at such cruelty and misguidedness, which truly have no place in this world.

"We stand together with all Muslims and all Singaporeans in offering our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims of these senseless tragedies," MUIS wrote in a statement on Facebook.

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Posted by Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) on ; Monday, 28 March 2016
Source: CNA/dl

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