According to Singaporean Muslim leader Mufti Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, the recent terrorist attack in Lahore, which targeted civilians indiscriminately, “is not only against Islamic teachings, but it is also an attack against all humanity”.
The mufti, in a letter of condolence sent to the island’s Catholic Archbishop, Monsignor William Goh, launched a searing attack on the perpetrators and asserted that their actions were against Islam.
The letter condemned the criminal act, which killed 73 people and injured more than 300 in Lahore on Easter Sunday: “We strongly condemn the attack in Lahore and express our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims. We must join together to tell our clear horror of such acts of inhumanity”.
Mufti Mohamed Fatris Bakaram specifies that “it is unjustifiable to attack another human being just because they have a different faith”, branding the attack “an act of inhumanity and an affront to the people who believe in the values of compassion and peaceful coexistence”. This is “a serious deviation from Islam’s promotion of peace and inter-religious harmony “.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore condemned the acts of violence committed in the name of Islam around the world, including attacks in Istanbul, Jakarta, in Syria, in Ankara, Brussels, as well as in Lahore. “We are saddened and outraged by such cruelty”, the Council said. “Along with all Muslims and all the inhabitants of Singapore, we express closeness and solidarity to the families of all the victims of these senseless tragedies,” the Council expressed in a statement.