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Special Friday Prayer for London bomb victims

Media Coverage
08/07/2005 Minhaj-ul-Qur'an International (MQI) UK and its associate organisation Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) have condemned the series of barbaric attacks in the UK's capital city London, in the strongest possible way. The founding leader of MQI and MWF Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has expressed his shock and grief and condemned the dreadful attacks. MQI UK expressed their sympathy and grief with the families of all victims of this indiscriminate act. Our prayers are with the victims and their families of this terrible event, the Muslim community of the UK is uniting in its condemnation of these attacks. Speaking at a meeting organized by the Minhaj-ul-Quran organisation, the General Secretary of Minhaj-ul-Quran International UK, A. H. Malik sincerely condemned the worst ever attacks in the UK and said that this was a terrorist attack aimed indiscriminately at the innocent, ordinary working class Londoners, black and white, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Jews, both young and old. He further said, that Minhaj-ul-Quran International urges the British Government to bring the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice. He said, we must unite in the common determination that terror cannot succeed. He further demanded from all the mosques and Imams in the UK to arrange special praying services on Friday prayer for the victims and their families of the attacks. He also said, special Friday prayer will be held at all Minhaj-ul-Quran centres throughout the country and worldwide. Shaykh Ramzan Qadri, Minhaj-ul-Quran's Youth development co-ordinator informed that special arrangements have been made for special praying for the victims of the attack. Mr Sheeraz Elahi, ICIS project co-ordinator said on this occasion, this act of terrorism is totally and utterly against the basic teachings of Islam. Islam promotes peace and harmony within the communities. At the meeting, Shahid Mursaleen, the Media Secretary said "I was encouraged to hear DAC Brian Paddick of Metropolitan Police stating at the Press conference that 'Islam and terrorism are two different and opposite things. Islam is a peaceful faith and has nothing to do with terrorism. Muslims who are terrorists have nothing to do with Islam.'" He further said, that the majority of the 2.5 million Muslims in the UK are law abiding, peaceful, good and decent Britons. He also demanded from the British government to trace the attackers and to bring them into justice. He said, these attacks have the aim to instil fear of terror in people; hence, he urged British people and specially Muslims to stay strong, calm and united against terror. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and MQI also convey their appreciation to the efforts of the well prepared emergency services operating in London as well as the Police and other security services.