Wednesday, June 7, 2017

No Funeral Rites for London Assailants

People lay flowers after a vigil for victims of Saturday’s attack, at Potter’s Field park in London, UK. Photograph: Tim Ireland/AP

In the UK, at least 500 imams and Muslim religious leaders have now rightly refused to perform funeral prayers for the assailants shot dead in a June 03 terror attack, branding them “vile murderers”.
They had expressed “shock and utter disgust at these cold-blooded murders”, and said the latest terrorist incident was indefensible and completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam.
Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, was appalled and angered: “That this should happen in this month of Ramadan, when many Muslims (are) praying and fasting only goes to show that these people respect neither life nor faith".
His remarks came after seven people were killed and 48 injured in an attack on London Bridge and in Borough Market on Saturday. A van had smashed into pedestrians before three persons launched a knife attack – before they were killed by armed police.
This was just 12 days after the Manchester suicide bombing. Twenty-two people were sacrificed, seven of whom were children:
Qari Asim, spokesperson for the British Muslim Forum and imam of the Leeds Makkah mosque, said his organization aimed to broadcast the message that violent extremism was “forbidden” by Islam.
IS-inspired/IS-directed terror attacks are getting more frequent. And not just in the UK.

Nowhere is anybody safe. Whether you care to admit it or not, all of us are now marked for death.
This evening, I was at the ITC Bintang Toastmasters meeting where I was the General Evaluator.
I also participated in Table Topics and was voted Best Speaker. 'Heaven and Earth' became mine for the taking, if you know what I mean!

Overall, a well-attended meeting although I thought members could have shown more enthusiasm.

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