In my previous post I concluded that we should respect virtuous people of all faiths. Unfortunate circumstances have shown us such a person, Tariq Jahan. He and other shop keepers in Birmingham went out to defend their shops from the mindless thugs who are looting and causing trouble in some of England’s cities. On seeing opposition one of the looters deliberately drove his car at speed into the crowd, killing three men. One of the men killed was Haroon Jahan, Tariq’s son
Shortly after this, Tariq spoke publicly on television. He said:
Today, we stand here to call to all the youth to remain calm, for our communities to stay united.
I have lost my son – if you want to lose yours step forward, otherwise calm down and go home.
Later he added
As we stand here today, this is not a race issue. The families have received messages of sympathy and support from all parts of the communities – from all faiths, all colours and backgrounds.
I applaud and respect him for calling for peace and unity at a difficult time. My heart goes out to him and his family