London mosques receive death threats, hate mail and drawings of the Prophet

Mosques in London have been receiving death threats, hate mail and drawings of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) in the wake of the Paris attack.

Tell Mama, which records Islamophobic hate crime in Britain, said it had received reports of incidents at the East London Mosque, in Tower Hamlets, and Finsbury Park Mosque.

Among the 15 emails and letters sent to the Finsbury Park Mosque were hand-drawn cartoons depicting the Prophet worshipping the devil.

Mohammed Kozar, the general secretary, said that despite the spike in abuse there had been many messages of support.

“Most of them are nasty drawings about our prophet and our books,” he added.

“Some of them make death threats against our community, so it’s quite frightening for our community and our mosque.”

Fiyaz Mughal, director of Tell Mama, warned in a column for The Independent that there has been a rise in Islamaphobic abuse, particularly on social media.

Muslim women have told the group they have been abused since the Charlie Hebdo attack with comments like “I’m Charlie – you are not”.

Mr Mughal said many Islamophic incidents stem from people associated with far-right groups, usually white men under the age of 40.

“After the murder of Lee Rigby in 2013, the real impact of far right sympathisers was felt in the United Kingdom,” he wrote. “Since May 2013, over 50 mosques have been attacked.”

Tell Mama is urging any mosques or Islamic groups receiving abuse to get in touch for assistance.

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