Islamic authorities have come forward to condemn  the terror attack in Woolwich.
24 May 2013 12:00 AM

Senior imams condemn terrorism in full

24 May 2013

We, the undersigned British Muslim imams, organisations and individuals, wish to extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of Drummer Lee Rigby, killed in Wednesday’s outrageous attack in Woolwich.

We share the absolute horror felt by the rest of British society at the sick and barbaric crime that was committed in the name of our religion. We condemn this heinous atrocity in the strongest possible terms. It is a senseless act of pure depravity worthy of nothing but contempt. There can be no justification for murder.

Imams and Muslim organisations have done a great deal to speak out over the evils of terrorism over many years. But seeing what we have seen unfold over the last few days, we cannot afford to be complacent. Community-led discussions will be essential in the days and weeks ahead, to work out what more can be done to combat this problem.

Already we have seen extremists seeking to capitalise upon Wednesday’s terrible act. There have been several attacks reported against mosques and Muslim citizens. The hate-fuelled individuals behind such attacks wish to polarise and tear apart our great country for their own sick ends. They should be isolated and subject to the full force of the law.

We urge all communities to remain calm and vigilant today. We stand with you, and with other faith, political and community leaders, in urging our fellow citizens not to be taken in by the mindless rantings of the (few) extremists in our midst.

As we have shown as a nation in the past, we the British people are not so easily fooled; nor are we so easily divided. The overwhelming majority of the Muslim community stands united with the rest of society in condemning this awful tragedy.

Once again, our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Lee Rigby at this difficult time.

Signed:

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Assistant Secretary General, The Muslim Council of Britain
Shaykh Shams Adduha, Imam/Director, Ebrahim College, London
Shaykh Abdul Qayum, Imam, East London Mosque, London

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