UK imams refuse funeral prayers to 'indefensible' London

- British police on Tuesday named the final member of the terror trio who murdered seven people on Saturday in a knife and van attack before police shot the jihadis dead - and the news comes as more than 130 Muslim religious leaders were refusing to say funeral prayers for any members of the ISIS cell.

The statement described the move as "unprecedented", although a CNN report on the statement said mosques in Britain's Manchester and the U.S. have previously refused to bury Muslims involved in past terror attacks. While the government's Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, himself a Muslim, has also said the UK's Islamic community must do more than simply condemn terror attacks, echoing Prime Minister Theresa May's belief that Britain has been far too tolerant of extremism.

Faith and community leaders have come together to condemn the London Bridge attack and to tell terrorists their actions go against the core teachings of Islam. London's mayor Sadiq Khan, who has faced flak from US President Donald Trump, has also said the ideology that the three attackers followed has no place in Islam.

'We seek to clarify that their reprehensible actions have neither legitimacy nor our sympathy.

"This is because such indefensible actions are completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam", the imams said.

Two of the three men - 27-year-old Pakistan-born Khuram Butt and 30-year-old Moroccan-Libyan Rachid Redouane - have been identified by police, notes BBC.

The Islamic State (IS) terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Describing the attackers as "vile murderers" who sought to divide society and instil fear, the imams urged people to unite and ensure that the terrorists fail in their objective.

One of the signatories, Imam Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy & Bereavement at Barts Health NHS Trust, told Yahoo News the letter was a "grassroots effort", and called on the United Kingdom government to reach out to the Muslim community for help combatting terror. "In the face of such dastardly cowardice, unlike the terrorists, we must uphold love and compassion", the imams wrote.

On Saturday, three attackers rammed a auto into pedestrians on London Bridge, then exited and ran into nearby Borough Market, stabbing people. Less than a week earlier, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22.

  • Leroy Wright