London terror attack: The three attackers responsible for the London Bridge attack will not be given an Islamic funeral. All three attackers, who were shot dead by the police have been refused Islamic funeral by a group of 130 imams and other religious leaders. These leaders said that they would not be performing the religious rituals that every Muslim is entitled to after he passes away, Indian Express reported. The group also put up a statement on Facebook saying, “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 Muslim Council of Britain issued a statement saying, “We, as Muslim Imams and religious leaders, condemn the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London in the strongest terms possible. Coming from a range of backgrounds, and from across the UK; feeling the pain the rest of the nation feels, we have come together to express our shock and utter disgust at these cold-blooded murders…We are deeply hurt that a spate of terror attacks have been committed in our country once more by murderers who seek to gain religious legitimacy for their actions. We seek to clarify that their reprehensible actions have neither legitimacy nor our sympathy.”
This statement has come just a day after the MCB had described the incident as an affront to Islam. Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB had condemned the attack and issued a statement right after the Saturday night attack. He had said, “I am appalled and angered by the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market, in my home city.” Earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May had announced that her government was “leading international efforts to take on and defeat the ideology of Islamist extremism around the world”.