17th May 2011

MINAB (Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board) is deeply concerned by the report of the Independent (19th April 2011) that “Bahraini government forces backed by Saudi soldiers, part of the 1,000-strong contingent that entered Bahrain last month, are destroying mosques and places of worship of the Shia majority”. The report quotes Ali al-Aswad, an MP in the Bahraini Parliament who said that: "So far they have destroyed seven Shia mosques and about 50 religious meeting houses”.

Maulana Shahid Raza OBE, Chairman of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) said: “We condemn in the strongest sense the actions of the Bahraini government in the destruction of Mosques in Bahrain”.

“Whatever the actions of the Bahraini pro-democracy movement may be it does not justify any government to destroy holy places of worship and shrines. This is against Islamic teachings and the principles of human rights”. “We call upon our government as well as the Bahraini government to use all their powers to stop such barbaric and evil actions in Bahrain immediately”, he said.