130 Muslim community leaders have come to together refuse the London Bridge attackers the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for their ‘indefensible’ actions.
The Imams at the East London Mosque said they will continue to work to counteract terrorists’ ‘twisted narrative and their perversion’ of the religion.
The traditional Islamic prayer is a ritual that is normally performed on every Muslim regardless of their actions, but they are urging religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege.
The chairman of East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Muhammad Habibur-Rahman, 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.
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.
The statement continued:
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.
Rahman urged people to reject the division and prejudice brought on by such events and encouraged the Muslim community to report both extremism and Islamophobia.
We stand together. Choose love.