UK Muslims agree with PM May on terror: ‘Enough is enough’
Britain’s Muslim community leaders and London mayor Sadiq Khan strongly criticised the three men who reportedly claimed to have carried out last week’s attack in the UK capital in the name of Islam.world Updated: Jun 05, 2017 22:50 IST
A series of statements on Monday by leaders of Britain’s Muslim community and London mayor Sadiq Khan came down heavily on the three attackers who reportedly claimed to have carried Saturday's attacks in the UK capital in the name of Islam.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said it agreed with Prime Minister Theresa May saying after the attack that “enough is enough”, and pledged to work in partnership with the government and premier to “keep our country safe”.
Khan said the ideology represented by the three attackers who killed seven people was a perversion of Islam, while Mak Chishty, a senior officer at Scotland Yard, read out a statement surrounded by community leaders, noting that Muslims faced attacks every time a terror strike occurred.
Chishty said: “We have had three attacks across the UK in three months which requires a step change – a different direction and a different movement to counter the scourge of terrorism, extremism and hatred that we have in our communities at present.”
The community statement appealed “to all sections within their own communities to root out the scourge of terrorism which hides amongst their own people and masquerades as Islam…The Muslim community is alarmed and concerned that this attack by three people, which would have required planning ... was not reported.”
It added, “It is the Islamic duty of every Muslim to be loyal to the country in which they live. We are now asking questions to understand how extremism and hatred has taken hold within some elements of our own communities.
“Muslims must do more to stop such attacks from happening again and we want to know how we can play a greater role in the future.”
The statement also said: “We are standing together as one community supporting each other and trying to keep hate crime, and especially Islamophobic crime, down by showing the strength of unity and bond between all communities.”
Harun Khan, secretary general of the MCB, said it was in everyone’s interest to stop the perpetrators of such attacks: “We are all grappling with this hateful ideology. This is an ideology that makes killing and hating cool, and uses the words of Islam as a cloak to justify it. As one expert has said, this not a radicalisation of Islam, but Islamisation of radicalism.”