In a bold and welcome move, 130 Imams in London have refused to offer the burial prayer or namaz-e-janaza for the 3 terrorists who were gunned down by the police 3 days earlier after they carried out dastardly attacks which killed 7 people and injured dozens. In a statement posted online, Muslim leaders said "We will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege".
They further added, "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. We seek to clarify that their reprehensible actions have neither legitimacy nor our sympathy". 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".
Perhaps back home in India, the liberals who knock at Supreme Courts doors at midnight to file petition against the hanging of terrorists and channels like NDTV who talk about human rights of terrorists, can learn from these Imams. Also, our political parties, who try to cover up the religious angle of terrorism, can now perhaps gather courage like the British PM who was sensible enough to call a spade a spade when she said that there was "too much tolerance" of Islamist extremism in the United Kingdom.
Posted On : 06-Jun-2017