Around 100 Muslim leaders have gathered on London Bridge today to condemn the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
The Imams, who gathered near the spot where Saturday’s terror attack took place, made clear in a statement read on behalf of 500 leaders there is no religious justification for taking innocent lives.
Some 30 people were killed and more than 150 wounded in the two attacks that took place within a matter of weeks of each other.
The Muslim leaders pledged to ‘root out’ the ‘menace’ of extremism as they launched an action plan to tackle radicalisation within their communities.
A large crowd gathered opposite The Barrowboy And Banker pub, close to where the van carrying the terrorist trio Youssef Zaghba, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane crashed.
Muslim scholar Aneesa Hussain told those present: ‘Today we make it clear that terrorists and extremists are not following the path to paradise.
‘We clarify that the funeral prayer of such barbaric individuals is not to be performed, nor they be buried among the Muslims.
‘We stand here also to reiterate our commitment to peace, bridge-building and British values, and to continue to play our role in rooting out this menace from our communities and the wider society.’
Muslims in Britain can be confident in their identity and that their religion is compatible with the values held dear within the UK, the plan states.
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’.