Cardiff politicians, religious and community leaders stand united against extremism: Joint statement released

Religious leaders and elected politicians in Cardiff have issued a joint statement, underlining their commitment to working together to fight extremism.  The cross-party, cross-denominational statement, co-ordinated by Cardiff South MP Stephen Doughty and Saleem Kidwai, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, follows media reports of young men from the city joining extremists fighting in Syria and Iraq.

It already has the backing of Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael and the leaders of local mosques, as well as Christian and Jewish leaders; and cross-party support from Cardiff’s MPs, Assembly Members, and local councillors. The statement is open for others to sign in support over the coming days, by contacting Stephen Doughty’s office by clicking this link.


As community and religious leaders, and elected representatives in Cardiff, we are determined to work together to build a strong, cohesive and tolerant city, based on mutual respect. We reject extremism and together we will challenge those who want to destabilize and damage our communities and our young people.

Recent reports about young men from Cardiff who appear to have joined extremists fighting with ISIS in Syria and Iraq are of grave concern to all of us in this city. We reject the words of these individuals, and we condemn those who have recruited these young and impressionable individuals with false promises and a twisted version of Islam. 

Here in Cardiff we have a long history of respect and interaction between our diverse communities, among them some of the oldest Muslim communities in Britain. Only last week a publication was launched which spells out the true message of Islam with a clear message of peace and social justice – messages supported by Imams and welcomed by local and national leaders. 

We all stand together to challenge those who preach hate – from whatever community, faith or denomination they come. And we are committed to redouble our efforts to act together to tackle those who seek to exploit and mislead our young people, and expose them to the siren words of manipulative extremists.

These people and their ideologies have no place in Cardiff – and they are not welcome here.We call upon all members of our community to be vigilant against any suspicious behaviour or actions that might threaten the security and peace of our Cardiff community. 

Signed by: 

Saleem Kidwai OBE, KFO, FRSA, Secretary General Muslim Council of Wales

Stephen Doughty MP, Cardiff South and Penarth

Rt Hon Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner, South Wales Police 

Kevin Brennan MP, Cardiff West

Jenny Willott MP, Cardiff Central

Jonathan Evans MP, Cardiff North

Cllr Phil Bale – Leader, Cardiff Council 

Qari Ghulam, Nabi Saheb Qibla Masjid e Bilal, Severn Road, Canton

Shaykh Mohammed Abdi Dahir, Noorul Islam Mosque, Butetown

Shaykh Yaqub Kutkut, Darul Isra Mosque

Molana Mushtaq, Darul Isra Mosque

Dr Gaber El Sharoud, Muslim Association of Britain Wales

Shaykh Abu Basheer, Shaykh Ali Hamuda, Shaykh Kamal Idrissy Al-Manaar Mosque

Madina Mosque, Crwys House, Crwys Road

Qari Ferozuddin & Shaykh Haider, Zaman Madni Mosque & Community Centre, 1-3 Dalcross Street

Shaykh Zain & Shaykh Daud Salaman, South Wales Islamic Centre Alice Street, Butetown

Masjid Omer, Connaught Road

Shah Jalal Mosque, Crwys Road

Jalalia Mosque, Machen Place

Masjid e Ikhlas, Broadway

Mufti Bilal Saheb Qibla, Hafiz Siddque Saheb Masjid e Abu Bakar, Grangetown

Mufti Tariq Saheb Qibla, Masjid e Uthman, Riverside

Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, Rabbaniah Islamic Centre, Clare Road

Vaughan Gething AM, Cardiff South and Penarth

Mark Drakeford AM, Cardiff West

Jenny Rathbone AM, Cardiff Central

Julie Morgan AM, Cardiff North

 Cllr Ali Ahmed, Butetown and Cardiff Bay

Cllr. Dilwar Ali, Llandaff North

Cllr Mohammed Javed, Plasnewydd

Cllr Manzoor Ahmed, Adamsdown

Cllr Ashley Govier, Grangetown

Cllr Lynda Thorne, Grangetown

Cllr Chris Lomax, Grangetown

Reverend Canon Aled Edwards OBE, Chief Executive of Cytûn: Churches Together in Wales

Rev’d Caroline Downs, Priest in Charge, Parish of Cathays

Rabbi Michoel Rose, Cardiff United Synagogue

Vimla Patel, MBE – Chair of Hindu Council of Wales

Dr Mohammed Alauddin, Chairman, Association of Muslim Professionals, Cardiff

Cllr Julia Magill, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills – Cardiff Council, Ward Member for Llanishen and Thornhill

Mel Odey, Chair,  Cardiff Reform Synagogue

Stanley Soffa, Chair of the South Wales Jewish Representative Council

Cllr Cecilia Love (Riverside)

Maulana Dr Mansur Ali, Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University

Rev. Dr. Gareth Jones, JCD., JV., Co-ordinating Chaplain, Cardiff University

Rev’d Dr James Siemens, Chaplain to Eastern Christians, Cardiff University

The Reverend David Sheen, Anglican Chaplain to Cardiff University

Revd Carol Wardman, Bishops’ Adviser for Church and Society, The Church in Wales

Bishop John Davies – Bishop of Swansea & Brecon

Revd Meg Underdown, Curate, Cathays

Rev’d David Morris, Associate Priest of the Parishes of Cardiff, St Mary with St Dyfrig and St Samson and Grangetown, St Paul

Maria Battle, Chair on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Archbishop George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff

Association of Muslim Professionals

Ihsaan Social Support Association

Muslim Youth Wales (MY Wales)

Dr Sandip Raha, Trustee and Events Officer, Wales Puja Committee, Cardiff

Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales

Bishop Gregory K Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph

Other religious and community leaders are encouraged to add their names to the statement. To do this email Stephen’s office by clicking this link.



2 Responses to Cardiff politicians, religious and community leaders stand united against extremism: Joint statement released


    Hindu Council of Wales, would like to fully support the joint statement, underlining our commitment to working together to fight extremism.

    Vimla Patel, MBE, Chair of Hindu Council of Wales

  2. This is excellent work Stephen – interfaith solidarity is vitally important and we have so much we can learn from and give to each other. Really admire your interest in this area that so many would be frightened of talking about or taking leadership in. Let’s hope that the conversations you have initiated go some way to breaking down the stigma associated with talking about or ‘doing’ religion. At the same time we can encourage an acceptance of the healthy diversity existing within our communities which runs contrary to extremism, which instead is all about intolerance – a principle we should stand against in the context of faith as we would anywhere else.

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