Issue 281, Friday 28 September 2012 - 11 Dhu al-Qa'dah 1433
Injustice in Birmingham
Sir, No one has been convicted of murdering three Muslims who were killed during the Birmingham riots last year (The Muslim News, Issue 280).
It was a shocking judgement. The men who drove into the three Muslims were found not guilty of murder or manslaughter. “It was an accident” said the defence lawyer.
It seems justice was not seen to be done. How right was one of the fathers of the victims, Tariq Jahan. He said, “If I was to run over a dog that dog would get justice.”
What I cannot understand is that the judge and the police said Muslims should remain calm. They fully know that justice had not be done and that the Muslim community also knew that. They thought that Muslims would go out and riot. How wrong they were. Muslims did not riot in Birmingham last year. Nor they riot when the three Muslims were murdered. So why did the judge and the police ask Muslims to be calm? They should have explained to the family of the victims and people in Birmingham why such injustice in a country which is known for respect of law and justice?
Muslims should be congratulated for containing their anger on the unjust decision rather than talked down.
What if the victims had been non-Muslim? Things would have turned out differently.