Source: BuzzFeed News
BY Aisha Gani
More than 130 imams and Muslim religious leaders from the UK and other Western countries have said they will refuse to perform funeral prayers for the London and Manchester attackers who “defile” the name of their religion — and urged fellow imams to “withdraw such a privilege.”
The leaders called the acts “cold-blooded murders”, and said they were “deeply hurt” that a spate of terror attacks had been committed in Britain 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,” they said, adding they refuse to “perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer over the perpetrators.”
It’s considered an unprecedented response from Muslim faith leaders from diverse backgrounds – including both Sunni and Shia imams.