British Muslim community leaders have denounced the recent terrorist attack in London and Manchester, noting that British Muslims are united against “the cold-blooded murder of innocent people.”
“We are deeply hurt that a spate of terror attacks has been committed in our country once more by murderers who seek to gain religious legitimacy for their actions,” more than 130 religious leaders said in a statement on Monday.
“We seek to clarify that their reprehensible actions have neither legitimacy nor our sympathy.”
It came after Saturday night’s terrorist attack in which three suspects killed seven people and injured 48 others in London before being gunned down by police.
Days after the incident, the attackers were identified by police as Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30.
The leaders also described the attacks as “indefensible actions” that are “completely at odds with the lofty teachings of 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 said.
The statement came after British Prime Minister Theresa May criticized some of the Muslim communities across Britain for their failure to integrate.