Vandals target Shia mosque in Bradford
A mosque belonging to the Shia community of Bradford has been targeted by vandals.
The words “Shia Kafir” were sprayed on the walls of Hussania Islamic Mission in the Little Horton area on Sunday.
“Kafir” or “Kaafir” is an Arabic term that often translates to “disbeliever”.
“We must not let sectarianism take root”
Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “There should be no place for sectarianism in our British Muslim communities. I hope the vandal is caught and brought to justice.
“And I welcome the expression of solidarity that has already taken place between mosques of different traditions in Bradford as a result of this attack. We must not let sectarianism take root in this country. In this month of Ramadan, I hope Muslims of all traditions will come together in unity and solidarity.”
The graffiti has been removed since the incident.
The perpetrator is unknown, but an image has been caught on CCTV, the Yorkshire Standard has been notified.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “This is being treated as religiously aggravated criminal damage and anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area at around the above time is asked to contact PC 4176 Metcalfe on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”