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Muslims Crowding London's Mosques Say They Fear Backlash in Aftermath of Bombings
AP ^ | Jul 8, 2005 | Jill Lawless

Posted on 07/08/2005 12:59:23 PM PDT by phoenix_004

Thousands of Muslims crowded London mosques for Friday prayers, condemning the bombings, but also wary they could be made scapegoats and fearful of reprisals against their growing and vibrant community. At the East London Mosque, near the site of one of Thursday's attacks, an imam told the 8,000 worshippers to be "confident in our identity" as part of London's multicultural fabric.

The mosque said it had received hate e-mails and a telephone threat to disrupt Friday prayers. A few police officers stood outside during the prayers, which ended peacefully.

Outside, some Muslims said the attacks had made them more cautious on the streets, but others said they were secure in their identity as Londoners - confident of the city's tolerant traditions.

"It will have some impact on people. But this is London, a cosmopolitan city," said student Ali Ayubi. "Maybe after one or two months it will go back to normal."

At the huge brick mosque in an East End neighborhood that's home to many with roots in Pakistan and Bangladesh, imam Sheikh Abdul Qayyum told worshippers that Muslims were "part of the rich diversity of British life."

"At this difficult time, some people in our community may feel insecure purely because they are Muslims, but these terrible events have nothing to do with us. The Muslims of London are victims as much as their fellow citizens," he said.

All of Britain's major Muslim groups condemned the bombings, which killed dozens and wounded more than 700. But some feared they would be blamed for the bombings, which police said bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida.

"This morning I was driving to work and a woman on the radio said she'd had her headscarf pulled. I was shocked, to be honest," said Ahmed Shafi, 31, a grocery store manager. "In this day and age you don't expect that."

Almost 1 million of London's 8 million people are Muslims. They're inseparable from the fabric of the city's society and its history. From the opulent glitz of Harrods department store - owned by Egyptian-born Mohammed al Fayed - to the kebab shops that dot the city's streets, Muslims have long been part of London's glamour and its grit.

Prime Minister Tony Blair stressed that Islam was not the culprit in the bombings.

"We know that these people act in the name of Islam, but we also know that the vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims, here and abroad, are decent and law-abiding people who abhor this act of terrorism every bit as much as we do," he said Thursday.

That message was underscored by Muslims on the streets.

"Many Muslims are British. They have lived here for years. What happens to London happens to them," said Suraiya Zammath, a Bangladeshi woman visiting relatives in London. "This should not be singled out as 'Islamic terrorists.' That destabilizes the community."

Abdul Mukith, a 37-year-old supermarket worker in Brick Lane, the heart of London's Bangladeshi community, agreed.

"What's religion got to do with it?" he asked. "I'm bloody Muslim, and I'm afraid to go into the city" just like anyone else in the aftermath of the attacks.

Still, some feared a backlash. The Muslim Council of Britain said it had been deluged with hate e-mails, which caused its server to crash late Thursday. Though it was up and running Friday, the council said it was still getting a steady stream of vitriolic missives.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said Friday that police were aware of one or two "very minor incidents" involving backlash against Muslims, but he didn't elaborate.

He said that so far, "Britain with its liberal and welcoming approach to people is taking this in its stride. I'm very proud of that."

Representatives of several religious faiths held a silent prayer vigil Friday in a street near Aldgate subway station, where seven people died.

"There is a worry, but I think we can overcome this because we have been working with all the communities together," said Muhammad Abdul Bari, chairman of the East London Mosque.

"As Muslims, as British citizens, as Londoners, we are confident nothing will happen to us. We have to face it with resilience and with confidence."

But Shafi feared he and other Muslims would endure animosity in the coming days and weeks.

"I'm a practicing Muslim, I've got a beard. After 9/11 people called me bin Laden," he said. "But I was born and brought up here, and I don't consider myself anything but British."


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If these morons are so scared then why don't they leave the country????
1 posted on 07/08/2005 12:59:23 PM PDT by phoenix_004
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To: phoenix_004

while they are all in one place....... oh never mind.


2 posted on 07/08/2005 1:00:26 PM PDT by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: phoenix_004

Why don't the go out and find the jihadists and string them up.

Nothing would do more for their safety than seeing them DO SOMETHING against the people who are making them look bad.


3 posted on 07/08/2005 1:01:14 PM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: phoenix_004


4 posted on 07/08/2005 1:01:41 PM PDT by XR7
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To: phoenix_004

After reading the article, you expressed my same thoughts. Oooo, if the islamic nuts are afraid, go back to where your country of islam awaits you. No one's stopping you.


5 posted on 07/08/2005 1:02:31 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: phoenix_004

I almost wish there would be a backlash..........


6 posted on 07/08/2005 1:02:33 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: phoenix_004

They should be afraid - be very afraid.


7 posted on 07/08/2005 1:02:36 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: phoenix_004
We might reap what we sow.......whaaaaaaa. Pitiful.....
8 posted on 07/08/2005 1:02:42 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Peace through Ignorance)
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To: phoenix_004

"Thousands of Muslims crowded London mosques for Friday prayers, condemning the bombings, but also wary they could be made scapegoats and fearful of reprisals against their growing and vibrant community."

Looks like we have a Target List... Bombs Away...

Annnnnnddd Execute....

"Growing and Vibrant" Bwhahahahaha.....


9 posted on 07/08/2005 1:02:48 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: nuffsenuff
Why don't the go out and find the jihadists and string them up.

Or at the very least spill thier guts of what they know about whom is responsible. And keep coming forward if they are serious about ending terrorism in their "religion".

10 posted on 07/08/2005 1:02:59 PM PDT by b4its2late (GITMO is way too nice of a place to house low life terrorists.)
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To: phoenix_004
Muslims Crowding London's Mosques Say They Fear Backlash in Aftermath of Bombings ^

I am so sick of this. All they have to do to avoid a backlash is to start turning in the terrorists in their ranks, and to make aggressive public statements and demonstrations of their opposition to terror.

The fact that they have done neither speaks volumes, and demonstrates their tacit, if not active, complicity in these attacks. Clearly a backlash is what they deserve and need.

Still waiting to learn anything at all about Islam or Muslims that doesn't make me gag. So far, since 9-11, nothing.

11 posted on 07/08/2005 1:03:04 PM PDT by Maceman (The Qur'an is Qu'rap)
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To: Rummyfan

Almost????


12 posted on 07/08/2005 1:03:07 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: phoenix_004

Sucks to live in fear, don't it?


13 posted on 07/08/2005 1:03:20 PM PDT by Lekker 1 ("Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"- Harry M. Warner, Warner Bros., 1927)
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"If these morons are so scared then why don't they leave the country????"

Because that would be surrendering to the terrorists?


14 posted on 07/08/2005 1:03:22 PM PDT by Canard
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To: phoenix_004

There has never been such a large group of fearful, innocent victims who have not yet been attacked. Such professional victims exist and always have in the criminal class, but never in such numbers.


15 posted on 07/08/2005 1:03:30 PM PDT by RightWhale (withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty)
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"This morning I was driving to work and a woman on the radio said she'd had her headscarf pulled. I was shocked, to be honest," said Ahmed Shafi, 31, a grocery store manager. "In this day and age you don't expect that."

OH THE HUMANITY!!!


16 posted on 07/08/2005 1:03:54 PM PDT by Xenophon450
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To: Xenophon450

yeah, they should have bitch slapped her too...

that would be a start....


17 posted on 07/08/2005 1:04:59 PM PDT by Sonar5 (60+ Million have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: phoenix_004
DUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Ya think?????

Bright and intelligent, these muslims!

/sarcasm

Perhaps if the leaders of this decrepit group were to take a stand against these viscious attacks, they could begin to build some credibility.

As it is, I'll let Mr. Peters speak for me: "Do not allow the terrorists to hide behind religion. Apocalyptic terrorists cite religion as a justification for attacking us; in turn, we cannot let them hide behind religious holidays, taboos, strictures or even sacred terrain. We must establish a consistent reputation for relentless pursuit and destruction of those who kill our citizens. Until we do this, our hesitation will continue to strengthen our enemy's ranks and his resolve."

18 posted on 07/08/2005 1:05:02 PM PDT by LilDarlin (Being very feminine got me this far; it will get me the rest of the way, too!)
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To: nuffsenuff

Where/who, exactly, are the jihadists? You're suggesting the Muslims in London carry out vigilante justice against people whom they believe are jihadists?


19 posted on 07/08/2005 1:05:10 PM PDT by billybudd
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To: phoenix_004

They deserve a backlash, they cannot claim innocence and they have done nothing to stop their agents from carrying out these attacks.


20 posted on 07/08/2005 1:05:16 PM PDT by thoughtomator (For all you love to survive, Islam must be destroyed.)
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To: phoenix_004

Funny that it's really angry infidels that puts the fear of god into them...


21 posted on 07/08/2005 1:05:21 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: billybudd
The problem is that they are all jihadists.
22 posted on 07/08/2005 1:06:01 PM PDT by thoughtomator (For all you love to survive, Islam must be destroyed.)
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To: mlc9852

I don't want to get banned and have been having a hrd time keeping a murderous rage in check.


23 posted on 07/08/2005 1:06:12 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: phoenix_004

Why? They have no reason to be fearful. Didn't all the "moderate" Muslims cooperate with the police and report the jihadists among them...?


24 posted on 07/08/2005 1:06:12 PM PDT by ManHunter (You can run, but you'll only die tired...)
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To: thoughtomator

Are you a Christian?


25 posted on 07/08/2005 1:06:26 PM PDT by Canard
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To: billybudd
Correct me if I'm wrong- doesn't Radiation cure Muslim infestation?
26 posted on 07/08/2005 1:06:35 PM PDT by possumdawg (There are three types of people- those that can count and those who cannot)
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To: phoenix_004
Whatever Muslims in the U.S. experienced after 9/11/01 will seem like a party compared to what they will experience if there is another attack on the U.S.
27 posted on 07/08/2005 1:06:51 PM PDT by Man50D
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To: phoenix_004
At the East London Mosque, near the site of one of Thursday's attacks, an imam told the 8,000 worshippers to be "confident in our identity" as part of London's multicultural fabric.

I wonder how many of the 8000 know the identities of the bombers and perhaps even had advance knowledge of what was going to happen?

28 posted on 07/08/2005 1:06:52 PM PDT by Right Wing Professor
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To: phoenix_004

Religion giveth and taketh away...a target rich environment.


29 posted on 07/08/2005 1:07:02 PM PDT by Final Authority
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To: Canard

No. Why do you ask?


30 posted on 07/08/2005 1:07:14 PM PDT by thoughtomator (For all you love to survive, Islam must be destroyed.)
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To: phoenix_004

The best time to hit the hive? When it is full of bees!


31 posted on 07/08/2005 1:07:42 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: phoenix_004
I think that what you are seeing here is PROJECTION.

This group has been trained for years to lash out violently at any perceived slight against their faith or ethnicity.

They are simply assuming (projecting) that everyone else will behave the way that they would.

And they KNOW how they would react

THAT'S why they are so scared

32 posted on 07/08/2005 1:07:46 PM PDT by jscd3
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To: phoenix_004

Be afraid, be very afraid. Leave and hide in the desert and wait for the bombs.


33 posted on 07/08/2005 1:07:54 PM PDT by BlackjackPershing
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To: mlc9852
They should get their butts OUT of the Mosque and out finding the men that did this.

They shouldn't have to be reminded that THEY could identify the people behind this attack, not only the men who dropped the bombs, but the men who planned/supported it as well!
They need to pick a side.

34 posted on 07/08/2005 1:08:00 PM PDT by golfboy (character is doing what is right, when no one is looking)
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To: phoenix_004
there must be a sense of deterrence
35 posted on 07/08/2005 1:08:04 PM PDT by injin
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To: phoenix_004
This what they always do.

Victimize and then claim they are the victims.

36 posted on 07/08/2005 1:08:21 PM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: phoenix_004
Ok, can anyone give me a valid reason why Muslims should not fear a backlash?

If I was living in London today, I would single out a Muslim individual and follow them everywhere. Keep tracking their every movements for a minimum of 48 hours.

I would not do anything illegal, but would let this person know that they are being followed and observed.

37 posted on 07/08/2005 1:08:26 PM PDT by Hunble
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To: possumdawg

Neutrons are a good cure, now if only we had some of those left over.


38 posted on 07/08/2005 1:08:37 PM PDT by Final Authority
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To: phoenix_004

Good.


39 posted on 07/08/2005 1:08:40 PM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Washington State--Land of Court-approved Voting Fraud.)
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To: phoenix_004
Prime Minister Tony Blair stressed that Islam was not the culprit in the bombings.

It was militant Islamic terrorists that did it. Their motivation was drawn from Islamic principles and conducted by followers of Islam. Trying to pretend that Islam had nothing to do with it is just sticking your head in the sand. You can't even pretend it is motivated by poverty or ignorance. Many of the terrorists are wealthy and have advanced degrees. It is a matter of the jihadi attitude that Islam must dominate the whole damn world. They have no desire to peacefully co-exist.

40 posted on 07/08/2005 1:08:42 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: freedomson

everyone afraid of backlash should be condemning, publicly, the crime committed.


41 posted on 07/08/2005 1:09:23 PM PDT by jw777
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To: Lekker 1

Well said


42 posted on 07/08/2005 1:09:24 PM PDT by DancesWithTrout
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To: Maceman
All they have to do to avoid a backlash is to start turning in the terrorists in their ranks, and to make aggressive public statements and demonstrations of their opposition to terror.

Exactly! But their fear-mongering, propaganda-spreading, lying, cowardly leadership hasn't got the vision to do it.

43 posted on 07/08/2005 1:09:24 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: golfboy

The problem with that sector of the population is lack of education. They have no idea of ethical behavior in the greater society in which they find themselves.


44 posted on 07/08/2005 1:09:53 PM PDT by RightWhale (withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty)
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To: phoenix_004

"I'm bloody Muslim, and I'm afraid to go into the city"
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Good.

Go on offense.


45 posted on 07/08/2005 1:09:57 PM PDT by Peelod (Decentia est fragilis. Curatoribus validis indiget.)
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To: nuffsenuff

Exactly my sentiments. Unlike the Muslim community in the US after 9/11, the Muslims in Britain now have opportunity to disassociate themselves from jihadi terrorists. They will probably have do bend over backwards a little before their sincerity will be accepted (mainly because they don't have past actions to fall back on....ie: a lousy reputation for being silent). It's funny that the biggest thing they are worrying about is getting their asses whupped.


46 posted on 07/08/2005 1:10:05 PM PDT by brooklyn dave (I got rejected from "Mullah Omar's Eye for the Infidel Guy")
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To: phoenix_004

> "This morning I was driving to work and a woman on the radio said she'd had her headscarf pulled. I was shocked, to be honest," said Ahmed Shafi, 31, a grocery store manager. "In this day and age you don't expect that."

Poor baby. OK. This is just as bad as the bombings were. Lets call it even. (sarcasm off)


47 posted on 07/08/2005 1:10:09 PM PDT by jim_trent
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To: Myrddin

Damn those murdering Baddest monk terrorists!


48 posted on 07/08/2005 1:10:20 PM PDT by Hunble
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To: billybudd

That would be nice, yes. That's EXACTLY what I'm suggesting.

You have a problem with that?


49 posted on 07/08/2005 1:11:10 PM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: thoughtomator

I seem to often see Christians making statements like 'Muslims should be marching in protest' or 'rooting out the terrorists' but they can never tell me where they marched when Christian terrorists were attacking London or what they did to root them out.


50 posted on 07/08/2005 1:11:25 PM PDT by Canard
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