London Imams: Attackers Denied Islamic Funeral Prayers

In addition, chairman of East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Muhammad Habibur-Rahman, as quoted by Independent UK, said that "those who perpetrate terrorism: you are against the very core teaching of Islam and of our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him".

On Tuesday UK police named the third attacker as Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old Italian of Moroccan descent.

The police have arrested a total of 12 people during a raid in Barking, London, just hours after the attack.

The attackers were killed at the scene. "He was not a police or MI5 subject of interest".

The survey found that if each definition is taken individually, across the first and second generations nearly 60 percent say they would return to the roots of Islam, 75 percent believe there is only one possible interpretation of the Quran, and 65 percent say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of their home country. At 11am on Tuesday, the United Kingdom fell silent to remember the seven killed and dozens injured on Saturday night.

In an unprecedented move, the imams who signed the statement also declared that they will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the attackers.

"We are deeply hurt that a spate of terror attacks have been committed in our country once more by murderers who seek to gain religious legitimacy for their actions", the letter read.

Notions that Muslims should work to establish and support a so-called Islamic State and that it is a betrayal to help British authorities are wrong", the plan adds, and will continue to be challenged within mosques and educational institutions as "divisive narratives'.

"And some people at the closest point to them must have known something".

The former head of Britain's Equality and Human Rights Commission said the findings of the ICM poll were "extremely worrying" and suggested that on many issues British Muslims are a "nation within a nation".

Asked whether he is comfortable with the label "Muslim community" when there is a diverse range of Islamic strands, Asim said: 'There is obviously huge diversity among the Muslim communities, but the principles are clear: you can not take a life and harm fellow human beings.

The Islamic funeral prayer, or salat al-janaza, is a short congregational prayer said over the body of a deceased Muslim.

He added: "Just being around here and seeing everyone walking about, it's quite unusual, because you can't imagine that anything so terrible might have actually happened".

They labelled terrorists "criminals" and "not martyrs", warning them that they were not "following the path to paradise" through their actions.

"We are angry", said Khan.

Leeds imam Qari Asim, spokesman for the British Muslim Forum, said extremists who die carrying out attacks "are not committing a martyrdom". The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.

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