The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) condemns the suicide bombing that targeted a Coptic church in Alexandria on New Year's Day. Such attacks are affront to all human and religious values and aim to disrupt the harmony of our communities who have lived together for hundreds of years.

The Chair of MINAB, Maulana Shahid Raza, OBE, has expressed his deep concern and condemned the attacks. "Any such attack or threat to a place of worship is abhorrent and is an attack on all of us" he said. "We stand united in offering solidarity against the targeting of Christian communities and other minority communities in the Middle East which aims to destroy community relations and inspire hate and discord”.

The MINAB calls upon Mosques in the UK and the Middle East to re emphasis the Quranic message of protecting places of worship and challenge these extreme views and to pray for the innocent victims of this barbaric act through their sermons, and any other means.

We call upon all peace loving people to work together to root out such forms of extremism and to build resilience to challenge and disrupt all forms of extremism. Such extremists are evil murderers, who incite hatred and are destroying our cohesion and damaging the dignity of religion and faith.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) is the representative body of all UK Muslim denominations set up to promote good governance in Mosques and Imam Training Institutions through a process of self regulation.

2. It has over six hundred mosques and training institutions as its members.

3. It is a charity registered under the laws of England & Wales.

4. It is a community led independent body, non sectarian in its outlook, representing the diversity of Islam with no role in matters of theology and is broad based with an accountable system of representation.