- Events of 7th July 2005
|Like all British people, the Muslim community reacted with shock and outrage at the Underground explosions and the bomb aboard a London bus that has left 52 people dead, including 6 Muslims. The perpetrators - if they claim to be Muslim - have through their actions mutilated a religion of peace. As many British Muslim organisations have noted in their statements, everyone is a victim in a situation like this. This Salaam report documents organisations's statements made on the day, analyses and trends and subsequent developments within the community.
7th July 2005 - Muslim reaction to London bombings
British Muslim Ulama's meeting on 15th July
Sane Voices and community responses
The Muslim Council of Britain: British Muslims Utterly Condemn Acts of Terror|
The Muslim Council of Britain utterly condemns today's indiscriminate acts of terror in London. These evil deeds make victims of us all. It is our humanity that must bring us shoulder to shoulder to condemn, to oppose and to overcome those who would spread fear, hatred and death.
Our sympathies and our prayers are with the victims, their families and friends.We extend our support and gratitude to the emergency services, the police and
all the frontline services charged with our collective security.
"The evil people who planned and carried out these series of explosions in London this morning want to demoralize us as a nation and divide us as a people.
All of us must unite in helping the police to capture these murderers. Yesterday we celebrated as Londoners, euphoric that our great city had secured the Olympic Games. Today we watch aghast as we witness a series of brutal attacks upon our
capital city. We were together in our celebration, we must remain together in our time of crisis," said Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the MCB.
"We must and will be united in common determination that terror cannot succeed. It is now the duty of all us Britons to be vigilant and actively support efforts to bring those responsible to justice," he added.
The Muslim Welfare House, London: MWH Condemns gross act of terrorism|
MWH has been shocked and deeply disturbed by the seemingly orchestrated acts of terror across London this morning. We reiterate our position as wholly and utterly opposed to all acts of terrorism and hold that the perpetrators of this barbaric crime should be sought and brought to justice.
The harrowing images of innocent commuters caught up in this tragedy serves to reinforce our will to continue to work against the destructive and dogged determination of terrorist elements. In these efforts we reach out to others in society, including friends from other faith communities, strengthened by a common religious opposition to terrorism and a common desire for peace and calm.
The Federation of Student Islamic Societies in the UK & Ireland: FOSIS condemns London attacks|
The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis) is extremely disturbed by the attacks, which hit London transport links this morning. We are extremely saddened by the extent of injuries and deaths that this has caused. Fosis President Wakkas Khan commented, "We are shocked and distressed by these incidents which has hit our country's capital and our thoughts and prayers are with all those who suffered injuries and the families of those who have lost their lives. We continue to condemn in no uncertain terms all such cowardly acts of violence." We would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of Muslim students to offer our support and assistance to the emergency services who have reacted swiftly and efficiently.
Islamic Forum Europe: Muslims shocked by London blasts|
The Islamic Forum Europe (IFE) has reacted with shock following this
morning's explosions across London tube stations and buses. The president of the IFE, Musleh Faradhi said "Our immediate concern
is for all those who have been hurt and killed." "Many people across London will be anxiously trying to contact family
and friends to make sure their loved ones are safe." IFE extends its resources and support to help all those in need, in
particular the emergency services who are undoubtedly overwhelmed with
the pressures coping with the effects of this morning's blasts.
AhlulBait Islamic Mission: London Under Attack|
On Thursday 7th July, the capital London was victim to several terrorist attacks which have targetted the general public on trains and buses. The AhlulBayt Islamic Mission hereby joins the masses in condemning these barbaric acts of terrorism and shares the grief and sorrow of the nation. Our hearts go out to the friends and families of those who are victims of this despicable tragedy.
This seems a planned and coordinated act of terrorism and we are confident that the law enforcement authorities will soon discover the identity of perpetrators responsible for this contemptible act and bring them to task with the full force of the law. At this moment of confusion, uncertainty and naturally highly charged emotions, we earnestly appeal to the media not to rush to judgment. We call on the British Muslims and non-Muslims to stand united in opposition to terrorism and to help in safeguarding our society from people who are acting outside of religious values and the law. We urge anyone who has information on terrorist activities to inform the police immediately and cooperate with the establishment in order to uproot terrorism. We also call on Muslim Clerics in Britain to speak out of their opposition to terrorism and preach for state unity at this difficult time. We would like to reiterate that Islam is a religion of peace, justice and freedom; and we disassociate ourselves with any organisation - claiming to be Muslim or otherwise; which carries out acts which are contradictory to the teachings of Islam.
Verily we are from God and to Him we shall Return.
Muslim Safety Forum: Statement|
The members of the MSF, watched with dismay, shock and deep sadness the events that unfolded today in London.
As Londoner's, our first thoughts are with those who have been injured or lost their lives and with their families. Following early indications that the blasts this morning are likely to have been a coordinated terrorist attack, the MSF would like to express its total condemnation of such terrible acts and gross violations of the law of humanity. The MSF would like to re-iterate that the true message of Islam is one of Peace, Justice and the love of humanity. Islam holds the sanctity of human life in the highest possible regard and shedding the blood of an innocent person is seen as a most heinous and repulsive crime. The MSF would like to assure the people, police and emergency services of London that regardless of who perpetrated this terrible crime, the Muslim community, who number over 1 million in London, will do its utmost to help in whatever way possible.
Note for Editors: The MSF is an umbrella organisation made up of national and regional Islamic organisations including: Muslim Directory, MAB, IHRC, IFE, MCB London Affairs Committee, YMO UK, Muslim College, FAIR, Amal Trust, The London Central Mosque, London Muslim Centre, Muslim Parliament, FOSIS, ISB, Muslimaat UK, Avenues School, Somali Muslim Community, UKIM, MPAC, Stop Political Terror, Ershad Centre, BanglaMedia, Iqra Trust, Association of Muslim Police, Al-Khoei Foundation, UMO, Muslim Welfare House, Women's Relief. The MSF is the key advisory body for the Police Service and has signed a working protocol with the Metropolitan Police to build better police / community relations. It has been advising the police on matters of safety and security from the Muslim perspective for over four years now. It meets on a monthly basis with senior representatives of ACPO and the MPS, the MPA, Home Office and the IPCC amongst others.
Muslim Parliament: Statement|
Dr. Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, leader of the Muslim Parliament, has condemned the bomb blasts in London which killed over 50 and injured some 700 innocent people. He called the attacks inhuman, mindless and unwarranted. He praised the Londoners for facing this testing time with great courage. He also applauded police and emergency services for the way they reacted to meet the challenge. ‘Our heart goes out to those who have lost or got injured their loved ones in this carnage’, he said.
The Islamic Foundation, Leicester:
Islamic Foundation Condemns Attacks in London
The Islamic Foundation is shocked and horrified at the bomb attacks in London today. We join everyone in condemning such acts of wanton and senseless violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones at this tragic moment. The Director General, Dr Manazir Ahsan said: "We deplore these barbaric acts and hope that the perpetrators are identified and brought to justice quickly. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all the victims and their families." This is an attack on all of us, and all communities of faith, and of none, need to stand together in calm and resolute purpose against terrorism, hatred and extremism.
Islamic Society of Britain (ISB):
The Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) totally condemns the vicious and indiscriminate attacks that have shocked our capital.
The ISB extends its deep-felt sympathy to the families of those killed and to all those who have been hurt or wounded in the explosions. The ISB stands in solidarity with the nation.
It is absolutely imperative that we all, Muslim or not, as citizens wishing to live together in a secure, civilised society, stand up and fight these acts. ‘This is a time for us all to pull together and heal each other’s wounds. It’s a time to draw close in tenderness but also in outrage. We hope the perpetrators are brought to justice for the utter horror of their attacks at such a critical stage’, commented Dr Munir Ahmed, the President of ISB.
In the aftermath of Live 8, with Africa thrust so high on our agenda, with climate change discussions laid on the table, in the jubilant celebrations of London winning the Olympic bid, these incidents take on an even more stark significance. ‘This is a time for our nation indeed the whole of the world to close ranks and condemn in no uncertain terms those behind these acts. Let us keep alive the Olympic spirit and see solidarity of our hearts and souls; terrorism will not defeat us!’ stressed Dr Ahmed.
Islamic Cultural Centre, London: The London Central Mosque Trust & the Islamic Cultural Centre Condemns London Bombings and calls for unity
Our thoughts, our prayers and condolences go out to all the victims of these terrible terrorist attacks. As citizens and co-workers of this great city, we share the concerns and fears of fellow Londoners. We use the same transport and live and work in the same buildings and any attack is an attack on us all.
Islam expressly condemns the use of violence against civilians and innocents. We call on the Muslim community to be fully cooperative in this situation, so we may all live in peace and harmony and continue to make London the vibrant, tolerant and peaceful city it is.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Dubayan the Director General of The Islamic Cultural Centre London unequivocally condemns these terrorist attacks and expresses deep condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the victims and urge all Muslims to be unanimous in their strong support of the Government Anti-terrorist programmes.