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Statement from the Faith Network for Manchester on the Mosque Arson attack on Sunday night, 16 July 2017

20 Jul 2017 - 15:02 by michelle.foster

“The executive and members of the Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M) express our horror at yet another Islamophobic attack. Yet another arson attack has been perpetrated against the Nasfat Mosque, which has gutted the building this time. This is an unacceptable act and we are united with people of all faiths and none in deploring all hate crimes. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters, especially with those members and congregants of the Nasfat Manchester Islamic Centre. Faith Network for Manchester

The Mosque is looking for a temporary alternative venue for daily and especially Friday prayers and would welcome offers and suggestions for a temporary base. Any offers can be made straight to the Mosque leaders or via the Faith Network for Manchester, to warren@fn4m.org or 07879 454292.”

The Home Office has announced a new scheme to protect Vulnerable Places of Worship. The fund is available to any Mosque, Gurdwara, Church or Associated Faith Centre. This scheme is fairly straight forward to apply for and requires retrieval of a three quotes for security measures. For further information, visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/vulnerable-faith-institutions-scheme or see attached. If anyone wishes to apply for this funding, Shazia Awan, Communities Coordinator for Manchester City Council, is happy to assist, contact 0161 234 3252, or email: s.awan@manchester.gov.uk. Please note the deadline for applications is 17 August 2017.

Macc supports this statement from FN4M.

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