Head of Scotland Yard visits mosques with Al Qaeda operative Iqbal Sacranie to urge Muslims "tackle enemy in their midst"
August 11, 2005
The community across the country condemns such activities but beyond that, what have we been doing?"
Sir Iqbal said he had spoken to a number of groups in the city: "They are all in a state of shock, as we all are."
Sir Iqbal listened as representatives of a range of Muslim and other groups gave their views at the Baab-ul-Ilm Centre, in Shadwell. He told the meeting to expect a statement later today from Islamic scholars from across Britain at the London Central Mosque which was "so powerful and so strong" it would leave no-one in any doubt about the Muslim communities attitudes to atrocities such as the London bombings.
He said: "That statement is going to re-define the position about what Islam has to say about acts of atrocity, acts of murder and criminality."
But Sir Iqbal criticised West Yorkshire police for failing to reach out to the Muslim community during the crisis. He said: "As much as I've heard tremendous news of how they've been able to support communities in other parts of the country - in London for example it's been extremely positive - when I came here I found that in some cases it has not been good.
"In the Beeston area people are extremely disturbed. In a time of crisis the community should have been told, 'We're here'. Yes, certain raids have to take place, certain information is needed to carry out our inquiries, but it has to be carried out sensitively'.
"Innocent people should not become victims of this crime. We need to build the confidence of the police in the community. The police have to have responsibility and engage itself with the community so that it can support it and try to overcome the evil that we're facing."
MIM: Another boilerplate statement by Muslim organisations who foster terrorism replete with the standard cliches; expresses "deepest anger" at the "terrible atrocities" and "suffering of the unfortunate individuals" "who were caught up in this" as if the suicide bombings were random accidents that had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that the people who were targetted were victims of the teachings which can be heard daily in the mosques of the signatories to this meaningless and cynical publicity stunt.