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Cardiff Muslim leaders preach message of peace in wake of Lee Rigby murder

Muslim leaders are to distribute a leaflet around the city’s mosques stressing the faith’s peaceful and moderate traditions in the wake of the Woolwich murder.

The Cardiff Stakeholder Group for Preventing Extremism says the core messages of the leaflet are designed to reinforce respect, tolerance and understanding.

Muslim communities around the UK have faced a backlash in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich.

Jasmin Chowdhury, co-chair of the Cardiff Stakeholder Group, said Muslim community leaders have been planning the leaflet for a year.

She said: “(After) last week’s event we wanted to put a message out that this is a barbaric act which had nothing to do with Islam or any faith and there’s total and unreserved condemnation from the imams and communities here. The two efforts have come together – with the leaflet and last week’s upsetting event.”

Up to 10,000 copies of the leaflet – What Islam Really Says  – will be distributed around 16 mosques in Cardiff from today.

Far right groups, such as the English Defence League, have been accused of manipulating Drummer Rigby’s murder to stir up the kind of anti-Muslim sentiment that has seen up to 10 mosques attacked since the killing.

Bacon was left outside a Cardiff mosque and a young woman reportedly spat at just outside the city in the wake of the murder.

Mrs Chowdhury said the city’s Islamic leaders are concerned about the lure of extremism for some young Muslims.

In February last year Gurukanth Desai, 30, Abdul Miah, 25, and Omar Latif, 28, all from Cardiff, were jailed for their part in a plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp. Desai was sentenced to 12 years, Miah 16 years and 10 months and Latif 10 years and four months.

Mrs Chowdhury added: “Extremism in all its forms is a concern to all of us. I know the majority of the Muslim community in Cardiff are very concerned about recent events concerning young people in Cardiff.”

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