Muslims leaders from across Britain have refused to bury the three ISIS-claimed attackers who brought terror to central London and killed seven.
British police identified Khuram Shazad Butt and Rashid Redouane, as two of three attackers who struck pedestrians with a van on London Bridge and stabbed pub-goers after crashing.
One eyewitness said that an attacker shouted “this is for Allah” during the assault, but more than 100 imams and Muslim scholars from across Britain have said that they cannot even bury the terrorists after such actions that claim to be in the name of Islam.
Though at no time is it acceptable, that such ruthless violence was perpetrated during the season of Ramadan, in which Muslims worldwide focus on pious devotion, prayer, charity and the cultivation of good character, demonstrates how utterly misguided and distant the terrorists are from our faith and the contempt which they hold for its values,” read a statement released by the Muslim Council of Britain.
“In light of other such ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam, 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.”
Police said that Butt, a 27-year-old British citizen, was known to authorities, but that Redouane was not.
A vigil was held Monday evening for the victims of the attack, including 30-year-old Canadian Christine Archibald.
Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, promised the gathered crowd that terrorism would not win in its desire to instill fear.