BIRMINGHAM (TAB, RNS) — Just as Belgian Muslim and Catholic organizations are condemning the terrorist bombings in Brussels so is the Birmingham Islamic Society (BIS) in Alabama.
At least 26 people were killed in the attacks on Brussels’ Zaventem international airport and shortly afterward on the Molenbeek metro train during rush hour today in the Belgian capital.
The attacks occurred four days after the arrest in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, a suspected participant in November militant attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.
Prime Minister Charles Michel called it a “dark moment for our country” and called on citizens to “show calmness and solidarity.”
BIS solemnly joins the peace-loving people of the World in condemning the recent terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in Brussels, Ashfaq Taufique, BIS president said in press release March 22.
“We have and always will condemn all acts of terrorism no matter the evil form or fashion in which it may disguise itself,” he said. “We express our solidarity with the people of Belgium and our heartfelt prayers are with the victims of this cowardly attack. We also firmly stand with the people of Turkey, who just days before the Brussels attach, were also victims of terrorism.”
Taufique also noted that BIS appeals to politicians, especially those in the presidential race, to refrain from politicizing this issue. “What politicians say has consequences and hate rhetoric puts innocents Muslim citizens of the USA in grave danger,” the release stated.