Over 130 Imams in the UK refused to offer their funeral services for Manchester and London Attackers, saying they “defile” the name of their religion.
The Imams’ Refusals
Over 130 Imams and Muslim leaders in the UK have refused to offer their funeral services for the Manchester and London attackers. They also urged other Imams to “withdraw such a privilege” from those who “defile” the name of their religion.
Muslim leaders have called their terrorist acts “cold-blooded murders,” emphasizing that they are “deeply hurt” at the wake of these tragedies. The called them “murderers who seek to gain religious legitimacy for their actions.”
“We seek to clarify that their reprehensible actions have neither legitimacy nor our sympathy.” They said they refuse “to perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer over the perpetrators.”
Faith leaders such as Timothy Winter, Sheikha Selina Ali, as well as Leed s Mosque’s Imam, Qari Asim, said they will also refuse on the grounds of the “ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam.”
“These vile murderers seek to divide our society and instill fear; we will ensure they fail. We implore everyone to unite: we are one community. In the face of such dastardly cowardice, unlike the terrorists, we must uphold love and compassion,” they wrote in a statement.
They also said that the perpetrators had wilfully dismissed religious principles and have single-handedly distanced themselves from “any association with our community for whom the inviolability of every human life is the founding principle.”
Previous Comments from Imams About Terrorism
Several Muslim leaders have actively and publically condemned the acts of terrorist acts in the name of Islam. They have also signed letters which urged Muslims from the UK not to travel to terrorism-prone regions.
In 2014, UK Imams publicly posted a four-minute long video to condemn ISIS and all that they stand for. Several of those Imams were also specifically targeted by ISIS, which one British Imam, Ajmal Masroor, said was a “badge of honor.”