Iqbal Sacranie Bin Laden supporter & head of the Muslim Council of Britain announces planned fatwa "if terrorists are proved to be Muslim"
Muslim councilman calls Bin Laden tapes "video nasties" - Finsbury Park terrorist mosque says it will help hunt for bombers
MIM: Iqbal Sacranie reveals that he sees Islams and Muslims as distinct from the rest of humanity by announcing that;" Those behind this atrocity aren't just enemies of humanity but enemies of Islam and Muslims"
UK Fatwa to Call Bombers Unbelievers, If Proved Muslims
CAIRO, July 10, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) – Britain's top Muslim scholars are drafting a fatwa stripping those behind the grisly London blasts, if proved Muslims, from the right to call themselves Muslims, a leading British newspaper said Sunday, July 10.
Signed by dozens of prominent Muslim bodies, mosques, Islamic scholars and community groups, the religious edict will brand the attacks as a breach of the most basic tenets of Islam, reported The Independent.
"If these bombers are found to be Muslims, we will make it clear we utterly dissociate ourselves from them - even if they claim to be Muslims or are acting under the mantle of the Islamic faith. We reject that utterly," said the official spokesman of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).
Two different groups purporting to be Al-Qaeda affiliated claimed responsibility for the bloody blasts which killed at least 49 people and wounded 700 others.
The Independent said police and intelligence agents are investigating the theory that a gang of white "mercenary terrorists" was hired by Al-Qaeda to carry out the attacks.
Commander Brian Paddick of the London Metropolitan Police told reporters Sunday no arrests have been made yet and that they were not focusing on any specific suspects.
The fatwa will also make clear that Muslims have a moral duty to help the police catch the perpetrators.
The move follows a decision taken Friday, July 8, at an emergency meeting attended by about 100 of the country's most prominent Muslim leaders, held in private at East London Mosque, said the daily.
Imams across Britain were united in condemning the attacks in their weekly Friday sermons, encouraging Muslims to offer all possible assistance to the victims and authorities.
Enemies of Islam
Senior minority leaders believe they must undermine the religious basis of the terrorists' actions, said the British daily.
"Those behind this atrocity aren't just enemies of humanity but enemies of Islam and Muslims", said Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the secretary general of the MCB, the main representative Muslim body in Britain.
"The people at the receiving end of this, both as some of the victims of the bombing and victims of the backlash, are Muslims," he stressed.
Murad Qureshi, the only Muslim member of the Greater London Assembly and a former Labour councilor in Westminster, backs such a fatwa.
"It is about time we put clear distance between ourselves and so-called Muslim leaders like Osama bin Laden, who has been able to dictate the whole agenda with his video nasties," he said.
"We're not talking about Muslims here. We're talking about a bunch of nutters. The time has come to debunk the idea they are sanctioned by Islam."
The London blasts have drawn immediate condemnation from prominent scholars across the Muslim world, who said that such "black actions" run in the face of Islam which strictly forbids killing civilians.
Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said there should be a "dividing line" between terrorists and Muslims.
"There's not a dividing line between Muslims and Londoners. The dividing line is between those who commit these acts and those who don't," he said.
While saying that the perpetrators acted "in the name of Islam," Prime Minister Tony Blair maintained that "the vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims here and abroad are decent and law abiding people who abhor terrorism every bit as much as we do."
He also admitted there can be no security solution to terrorist attacks, urging the world to address the underlying causes of terrorism.
David Clark, a former Labour government adviser, wrote in the Guardian Saturday there can be no hope of defeating terrorism until the world community is ready to take "legitimate Arab grievances" seriously.
MIM :One can only "blink in disbelief" as the murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh used to say, when one read of how the Finsbury Park Mosque is now in the hands of Hamas member Azzam Tamimi , Muslim Brotherhood leader Helbawy, and a former military commander of Hamas, Mohammed Sawalha.
The new management of the Finsbury Park mosque also includes The Muslim Council of Britain, and The Muslim Association of Britain, two faux moderate UK organisations who are linked to Al Qaeda, Hizb ut Tahrir, Al Muhajiroun, MIRA and the CDLR, and have assured the police and the public that the mosque will now have a "fresh start" now that the 'extremists' have been ousted...
The Borough commander of the Islington police, Barry Norman, wrote a letter to the newspaper in response to an MP's criticism, defending the police protection of Hamza's thugs who were praying and inciting on the pavement outside the mosque after they were locked out in 2003.
The absurdity of his argument that is was much cheaper not to do anything to remove Hamza and his supporters from the street (who were calling Muslims in the UK to wage Jihad and kill Jews), is something straight out of of a Monty Python police skit.
"It apparent to me that to move between 30 and 100 worshippers from the street forcibly would probably exacerbate a difficult situation. In all likelihood this would have given rise to even more worshippers attending and, possibly, organised opposition groups. This would have required far more policing and would have led to much greater disruption and considerably more cost." http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/432
MIM: After a confrontation the Al Muhajiroun faction (whose Imam Abu Hamza Al Masri had been finally jailed on terror related charges ) was ousted from the Finsbury Park mosque and replaced by Hamas- Islamic Jihad and other Al Qaeda supporters Le plus ca changer...
The new leadership should post pictures of their predecessors for inspiration, which included shoebomber Richard Reid, '20th hijacker' Zacharias Moussaui, Al Qaeda operative James Ujaama,and the Courtellier brothers.
July 9, 2005
New Imam Calls for Help in Catching Bombers
July 9, 2005
The new imam at the Finsbury Park mosque, once a hotbed of radical Islam, had a message for those who gathered for prayer on Friday, a day after four bombs killed at least 49 people: help identify the bombers, he told them. Show your anger at what happened here.
Friday Sermons Berate Blasts, UK Muslims Pray for Victims
By Soha Elsaman, Ahmed Fathy, IOL Staff
LONDON/CAIRO, July 8, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) – Imams across Britain were united Friday, July 8, in condemning the London attacks in their weekly sermons, encouraging Muslims to offer all possible assistance to the victims and authorities.
"We are so sorry that this attack is attached to Muslims. We can not imagine that a true Muslim who understands properly the teachings of Islam can commit this terrible crime against the civilians and innocent," Sheikh Ashraf Salah, imam of London Central Mosque, told attentive worshipers.
At least 50 people were killed and 700 others were wounded when four blasts four bombs tore through three underground trains and a red double-decker bus during rush hour Thursday.
"Islam strongly condemns such a sinful act," Sheikh Salah averred.
He stressed that Muslims "refuse any forms of violence, oppression, and injustice committed wrongly by anybody".
There was a heavy media presence in the major mosques across the country, particularly in London, Anwar Madi, director of the cultural center in London, told IslamOnline.net.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) have vehemently denounced the blasts and offered all possible assistance in helping the emergency services.
They have urged imams across the country to dedicate Friday sermons to condemning the attacks and to call for peace and harmony.
Sheikh Salah stressed that its is "the duty of every man and women on this earth to do his/her best being to spread security, peace and prosperity in every place on this wide planet."
He exhorted the Muslim minority to be fully cooperative with the authorities "so we may live in peace and harmony and continue to make London the tolerant and peaceful city as it is always is."
Khaled Omar, an official with the Islamic Care Center in London, echoed a similar position.
"Muslims were encouraged to visit the victims in hospitals and to donate blood," he told IOL.
He added that the administration installed banners reading "Muslims for Peace" and "Muslims against terrorism" outside the mosque.
"We also put verses from the Noble Qur'an against the killing of innocent civilians," said Omar.
He announced that the center will organize Saturday, July 9, a conference about introducing Islam.
Mohamed Sawalha, who gave Friday prayers' sermon at London's Finsbury Park mosque, told hundreds of worshipers that whoever was behind the attacks wanted to undermine the integrationist efforts of the minority, reported Reuters.
"Some people will try to instigate anger against Muslims and try to blame us for what happened," he told hundreds of worshippers.
"These acts were aimed at destroying the work of Muslims and Muslim groups in Britain. We want to integrate with the community, and not to live like foreigners."
Sheikh Abdul-Qayyum, imam of the East London Mosque, where about 6,000 people turned out, said the perception that Muslims want to impose their way of life on others was unfair.
Branding the attacks plotters as "criminals", he said they "should be brought to justice and they should be punished without asking what is their race or religion."
"These terrible events have nothing to do with us. The Muslims of London are victims as much as their fellow citizens," said the imam.
Nazmul Hasan, is desperately trying to locate his niece, Shahera Akther Islam, who uses the underground to travel to work in the city and has been missing since early on Thursday.
"We have been trying to locate her in the hospitals and we have registered her with the police as missing but we have no information," he said.
"I am trying to keep my hopes alive for her, I am hoping she is in hospital somewhere," he said.
It was not immediately clear how many Muslims were killed or wounded in the attacks, particularly that some of the bombing occupied in Muslim-populated areas of the British capital.