London Bridge attack: Terrorism goes against core teachings of Islam, says mosque leader
'We stand apart from you and your corruption of the religion of Islam. Terrorism has no faith'
Faith and community leaders have come together to condemn the London Bridge attack and to tell terrorists their actions go against the core teachings of Islam.
A panel of speakers at the East London Mosque said they will continue to work to counteract terrorists' "twisted narrative and their perversion" of the religion.
It came as 130 imams and religious leaders from diverse backgrounds refused to perform the traditional Islamic prayer for the attackers - a ritual that is normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions.
In a statement, they said: "Consequently, and in light of other such ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam, we will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer over the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege.
"This is because such indefensible actions are completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam."
The chairman of East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Muhammad Habibur-Rahman, urged people to reject division and prejudice, and to report both extremism and Islamophobia.
"Once again we come together, to stand united against those who try to divide us.
"The cold-blooded murder of innocent people in London on Saturday evening will not succeed in driving us apart.
"I have a clear message to those who perpetrate terrorism: you are against the very core teaching of Islam and of our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
"Your misguidance will lead you to destruction, and God willing you will utterly fail in your evil aims.
"We stand apart from you and your corruption of the religion of Islam. Terrorism has no faith."
Sufia Alam, manager of the Maryam Centre, said the organisation has already had reports of Muslim women being verbally abused on buses.
"We urge all our Muslim women attending the workplace and religious places to report any kind of hate crime they may face," she said.
Bishop Adrian Newman said: "Our community here in London was not attacked by Islam.
"A tendency to scapegoat Islam or our Muslim neighbours should be unequivocally rejected."
Belfast Telegraph Digital