Religious leaders across the country said they will not perform the traditional Islamic prayer for the attackers who killed seven people and injured almost 50 in the atrocity in the London bridge attacks.
The faith leaders have refused to carry it out for jihadis Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba – calling their actions “indefensible”.
According to the UK Sun, in a strongly-worded statement on the Muslim Council of Britain’s website – the largest Muslim body in the UK – the faith leaders said the terrorists’ actions were “completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam.”
The statement 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.
“These vile murderers seek to divide our society and instil fear; we will ensure they fail. We implore everyone to unite: we are one community. In the face of such dastardly cowardice, unlike the terrorists, we must uphold love and compassion.”
The chairman of East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Muhammad Habibur-Rahman, also spoke out to urge people to reject division and prejudice, and to report both extremism and Islamophobia.They said they will continue to work to counteract terrorists’ “twisted narrative and their perversion” of the religion.
“Once again we come together, to stand united against those who try to divide us,” they added.
“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.”