British Muslim leaders denounce bombings, face backlash

"Not in the Name of Islam"
Despite Muslim denunciations of the July 7 bomb attacks in London, a number of British towns and cities have been targeted in an apparent backlash. Mosques in two areas of London as well as in Leeds, Telford, Bristol, Birkenhead and Norwich were attacked in the aftermath.

In a letter sent July 11 to Britain’s imams, ulema and mosque officials, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the recently knighted secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said they had been informed that police throughout Britain had been alerted to the possibility of attacks on mosques and on institutions of other faiths.

Five people were arrested for trying to bomb a Sikh temple in southeast London.

Many Muslim leaders were quick to denounce the July 7 attacks as being totally contrary to the spirit of Islam and have called on British Muslims to cooperate in bringing the perpetrators to justice.


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