'Unprecedented' Step Taken by Imams on UK Terrorists

More than 130 Muslim religious leaders pen letter slamming 'reprehensible actions'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2017 3:48 PM CDT
Updated Jun 6, 2017 12:33 AM CDT
Muslim Religious Leaders Won't Pray for Dead UK Terrorists
British Muslims conclude their prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, outside London's Central Mosque across from Regent's Park on Sept. 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

As England continues to flesh out the details of two terror attacks there over the past two weeks, one group has taken what BuzzFeed calls an "unprecedented" stand against the perpetrators. More than 130 imams and other Muslim religious leaders from "diverse" backgrounds across the UK have penned a letter not only blasting the attacks, but also imploring other religious figureheads to refuse to carry out Islamic funeral prayers for the "terrorists." "We have come together to express our shock and utter disgust at these cold-blooded murders," the letter, as seen on the Muslim Council of Britain website Monday, reads. "We seek to clarify that their reprehensible actions have neither legitimacy nor our sympathy" and that "such indefensible actions are completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam," the note continues on the site, which adds such rites are "a ritual that is normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions."

The letter-writers refer to the suspects as "murderers who seek to gain religious legitimacy for their actions" and note that the attacks came during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, proving further that the killers had only "contempt" for the true Muslim faith. The authors go on to express their support for local law enforcement and first responders, who they say are the ones who displayed the "courage, humanity, and honor we must exhibit in such difficult times." The official letter comes one day after MCB Secretary General Harun Khan told reporters that "the level of our anger" was so great that some had started saying "these people should be denied an Islamic burial." CNN notes that mosques in both the UK and the US have turned their backs on burying terrorists after attacks in the recent past. Read the religious leaders' letter in full here. (More terror attacks stories.)

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