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Kiwi Muslim community condemns London attacks

10 Juin 2017

Religious leaders prayed for London this weekend after another terrorist attack in Britain left seven dead and scores on the eve of the Christian holiday Pentecost and during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

All three attackers were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of being called after the attack.

Seven people were killed and almost 50 others were wounded in the Saturday night rampage.

In Saturday's attack, three men, wearing fake suicide vests, mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge in a van, before slashing and stabbing revelers in Borough Market, a bustling district of late-night bars and restaurants.

"I believe that we have been able to spread the true message of Islam which is love and peace", said Ahmad confidently, adding that they will continue to spread the message of Islam by opening their mosques to non-Muslims.

The funeral ritual is usually performed for a deceased Muslim no matter what the person did in the past, so this move is unprecendented for Imams.

"These heinous and utterly barbaric acts are completely opposed to the teachings of Islam", president Bashir Khan said.

Chishty, in a statement he read out on behalf of Muslim communities, said, "It is the Islamic duty of every Muslim to be loyal to the country in which they live".

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New Zealand's Muslim community has condemned the attack in London. The so-called Islamic State group has since claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Muslims said at the time that Cameron was wrong to link a lack of social cohesion with extremism and terrorism, and they felt they were being forced to constantly apologize for each terrorist attack carried out in their religion's name.

UK-based Islamic teacher Rehanah Sadiq, in observing that many who consider themselves jihadists think that their atrocities will guarantee them entrance to heaven, stated, "We want to make it clear this is not the case.

So, whereas it's a disgusting situation to be in, the only thing that I can take away (from it) is that coming out and telling the world that Islam is not a religion as portrayed by these so-called Muslims". The attackers were killed at the scene.

Another worshipper leaving the mosque said the terrorists were "not Muslims".

"We did everything we could have done, but there weren't elements of proof that he was a terrorist", he added.

"These acts of violence were truly shocking and I condemn them in the strongest terms".

Kiwi Muslim community condemns London attacks