In the Muslim community after someone passes away, the Imam and members of the local mosque will pray over the dead. However, following the attack in London this week, a group of 130 Imams and other religious leaders have refused to perform prayers for the three London attackers who killed seven and injured 48 more.
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The diverse group of religious leaders spoke at the East London Mosque Tuesday, stating that the actions of the three attackers was unforgivable and pledging their support to help end terrorism. One leader said that he believed some young people are becoming terrorists due to a belief in a “twisted narrative and their perversion.”
In a statement released shortly after their meeting ended, the leaders said: “Consequently, and in light of other such ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam, we will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer over the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege.”
The chairman of East London Mosque, Muhammad Habibur-Rahman, explained that there is no justifiable reason for the attackers to go against everything ever taught in his religion.
“The cold-blooded murder of innocent people in London on Saturday evening will not succeed in driving us apart,” he said. “I have a clear message to those who perpetrate terrorism: you are against the very core teaching of Islam and of our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.”
Habibur-Rahman even went as far as to say that men and women that commit terrorist acts will never be accepted by their God.
“Your misguidance will lead you to destruction, and God willing you will utterly fail in your evil aims,” he explained. “We stand apart from you and your corruption of the religion of Islam. Terrorism has no faith.”
London officials shot and killed all three of the attackers eight minutes after law enforcement was informed of the attack. The names of two of the victims have been released, but the third name is currently being withheld by authorities.