Muslims of Newham call for solidarity after London Bridge attack
PUBLISHED: 12:19 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 05 June 2017
Muslims have called on all “responsible citizens” to unite against the “dogs of hell” behind the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack.
Terrorists murdered seven people by driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday, June 3, before the van’s three occupants stabbed people in Borough Market.
Romford Road’s Minhaj-ul-Qur’an in Forest Gate has declared its solidarity with victims of the attack, with the mosque’s worshipper Asif Shakoor calling for Londoners to stand together.
“It is even more incumbent in the wake of this spate of incidents that we stand together, undivided and in solidarity, as British people and proud Londoners,” he said. “It is the desire of the perpetrators to cause division and discord between different communities, but they will never achieve their wicked aims.”
The Forest Gate mosque is part of a worldwide anti-terror network whose leader, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, issued a 600-page fatwa (ruling) against terrorism in 2011.
Asif said Muslims must join with others to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to terrorism.
We believe It is the duty of all responsible citizens and of civil society to not just condemn these acts, but to combat extremism in all its forms, countering its ideological foundations and dealing with the factors that produce such blood thirsty and cruel individuals,” he said. “There is never any excuse or pretext for terrorism, and all terrorists, according to the pure teachings of Islam, are the dogs of Hell.”
He also praised the emergency services after police shot the three terrorists dead within eight minutes of their onslaught.
The Alliance of Muslims Association in Newham joined Mindahj-ul-Qur’an’s condemnation and said the borough’s Muslims were ready to work with police to stamp out extremism.
Chairman Dr Zulfiqar Ali said loyalty to one’s country is central to Islam.
“As Muslims we have to be loyal to the country where we live in and majority of people are proud to be Muslims and British and respect and abide by the values of the United Kingdom,” he said. “Our community is conscious of individuals’ behaviours and are reporting them to the authorities where they see any element of radicalisation.”