Tuesday, July 19, 2005

It Is A Start

This is good news, regardless of its effectiveness.

More than 500 British Muslim leaders and scholars condemned the killing of innocent people in the London terror attacks and said suicide bombings were "vehemently prohibited."

The British Muslim Forum issued the fatwa, or formal legal opinion, as more than 50 Muslim religious leaders from around Britain stood outside the Houses of Parliament on Monday to hear it read out, the BBC said.

The religious decree expressed condolences to the families of the 56 people killed in the bombings of three subway trains and a bus on July 7 and wished the hundreds injured a speedy recovery.

It said Islam condemns the use of violence and the destruction of innocent lives, adding that suicide bombings are "vehemently prohibited." Police suspect the attacks were carried out by Islamist suicide bombers. BMF Secretary General Gul Mohammad quoted the Koran saying: "Whoever kills a human being ... then it is as though he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a human life it is as though he had saved all mankind."

He went on: "Islam's position is clear and unequivocal: murder of one soul is the murder of the whole of humanity; he who shows no respect for human life is an enemy of humanity. We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism in the
world. We pray for the peace, security and harmony to triumph in multicultural Great Britain."

The BMF is an umbrella group launched in March 2005 with nearly 300 mosques affiliated to it.

About time. Better late than never. I hope it influences someone.


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