The Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board calls on mosques to remember the genocide of Bosnian Muslims by holding a special prayer during Friday sermon on 13 July.
Over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were massacred in July 1995, and between 20,000-50,000 women were raped. Thousands of women, children and elderly people were forcibly deported from their homes because of their faith.
A Friday prayer and sermon is available to pray for the victims and raise awareness about the Srebrenica Genocide, and the consequences of hatred and intolerance. Download Here
The theme for 2018 is “Acts of Courage”. This is about remembering the horrors of the past in order that they may not be repeated them but also drawing inspiration from the acts of bravery, heroism and a determination to resist hatred.
In addition, we encourage mosques to hold special Srebrenica events during the Memorial week from 8th – 15th July, inviting people of all faiths and none, in a display of unity that will send a strong message to those who preach hatred and division.
Given the alarming rise in anti-Muslim hatred in recent years, it is more important than ever that lessons are learnt from this worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.
Genocide does not happen overnight. It begins when hatred and intolerance are left unchallenged or are manipulated for political gain. Therefore, only by learning lessons can we honour the memory of victims of genocide, appreciate their acts of courage and ensure that hatred does not lead to violence and massacres.
We encourage Mosques to register any events that may have been planned, or find any assistance that may be required by visiting Remembering Srebrenica website: www.srebrenica.org.uk