Statement from Leeds Grand Mosque regarding London Attacks on Thursday, 7 July 2005
On Behalf of the Muslim community of Leeds Grand Mosque we would like to express our feelings of shock, sadness and condemnation for the tragic events in London.
At this early stage we do not second guess who is responsible but we unequivocally condemn the killing of innocent people. We agree with DAC Brian Paddick of the London Metropolitan Police that such acts of terrorism have no place in Islam. Islam holds the sanctity of human life in the highest possible regard; and shedding the blood of an innocent human being is seen as the most repulsive and heinous of crimes.
We will continue to do our best to give the correct understanding of Islam and work to maintain good relations with our neighbours. And we also call on Muslims everywhere to be clear and strong in declaring the fundamentals of peace, justice and humanity in Islam.
As Muslims, we utterly condemn today’s indiscriminate acts of terror in London. It is our humanity that must bring us shoulder to shoulder to oppose those who perpetrate such crimes or use such acts as an excuse to spread fear, hatred and death as an indiscriminate response.
Our prayers are with the families of those affected by the events in London this morning and we extend our gratitude to the police and other frontline emergency services bearing the heavy burden of opposing this evil.
In the event of any attacks, we urge victims to report such matters to the police immediately.
Leeds Grand Mosque