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Galway Christian church leaders line up to condemn mosque attack

In a joint statement, representatives of the Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian and Quaker churches condemned the attack.

The smashed window at the mosque.
The smashed window at the mosque.
Image: Imam Ibrahim Noonan‏ via Twitter

IRISH CHRISTIAN CHURCH leaders have collectively condemned an act of vandalism on a mosque in Galway.

In a joint statement, representatives of the Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian and Quaker churches in Galway condemned the attack.

The statement reads:

“We unequivocally and without hesitation condemn the recent malicious, unprovoked attack on Masjid Maryam Mosque.

“Coming during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and during Mosque prayers makes such loutish, criminal behaviour particularly outrageous.

“Our city has always enjoyed excellent inter-faith relations. This attack serves to further our resolve, and the resolve of our faith communities, to work and pray to ensure that these relationships are further deepened.

At this difficult time we together offer our full and wholehearted support to Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan, to the Ahmadiyyan Muslim Association of Ireland and to our Muslims brothers and sisters here in Galway and throughout Ireland.
In an increasingly secular world, we look forward to further strengthening our bonds of cooperation, friendship, respect, prayer and peace.

The Masjid Maryam Mosque had its windows smashed by vandals on Monday night while worshippers were inside saying prayers to mark the holy month of Ramadan.

It is believed that the vandalism was carried out by juveniles.

Read: Imam says extremists are targeting ‘vulnerable’ young Muslims in Ireland

Read: Window smashed in Galway mosque while people inside praying

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