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Dark cloud over Muslim community, says Nafeesa

Published: 
Friday, June 15, 2018

President of the San Juan Muslim Ladies Organisation, attorney Nafeesa Mohammed, says a dark cloud is hanging over the Muslim community, as recent police searches concerning the Carnival plot “have now painted us with a brush of terror.”

In an Eid message in which she detailed how T&T’s Muslim community became divided, Mohammed said, “Several families and households have been traumatised and are living in fear and uncertainty as law enforcement agencies carry out exercises with increased powers conferred by legislation. However, the names and reputations of several citizens have become tarnished and stigmatised.

“With the speed at which the world is travelling on the information highway, citizens are exposed to what is happening globally and we’re now experiencing some disconnects in our Jamaats which require us to re-examine, refocus and retool ourselves to confront the issues of extremism and radicalisation as the war on terror is being waged worldwide.”

She added, “With the high level of Islamphobia affecting Muslims around the world, our community is now operating in such perilous times that we need to come together to refocus and retool to keep up with today’s challenges. Crime is a major problem affecting us all- the free flow of illegal drugs, guns and ammunition is real.”

She said her organisation has helped nurture and develop T&T and subscribes to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in T&T’s Constitution.

“We stand ready to collaborate with authorities to help to restore peace and calm in the community,” she said.

“We’re prepared to engage in a deeper dialogue within the Muslim community and citizenry to better understand the nature and extent of disconnects that exist in our Jamaats, to analyse and identify the causes of these problems and to prescribe and implement measures and programmes to alleviate these problems.

“Having now completed a month of soulful introspection, self purification, sacrifice and devotion, I urge all members of the Muslim community to let’s refocus and do our part towards rebuilding a peaceful, more cohesive society. Our greatest asset is our diversity. On this joyous occasion of Eid ul Fitr, we pray for peace, love, unity and harmony in our country.”

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