CAIRO - Two men have been arrested after a video was uploaded on youtube website showing a group of hooded vigilantes claiming to be Muslims demanding passers-by to give up alcohol and women to cover themselves up.
Officers investigating a series of incidents that took place over the course of the weekend of 12/13 January in east London, whereby a small group of individuals were seen to approach and harass members of the public at various locations, have arrested two men, a Met spokesperson told The Guardian.
"The pair were arrested on suspicion of GBH and Public Order offences and have been bailed to return to an east London police station on a dates in February and March pending further enquiries.
Muslim Patrol' Infuriates UK Muslims
The Metropolitan Police said that two men were arrested in connection with a series of incidents that took place over the course of 12-13 January in east London.
Videos of the incidents were later uploaded onto YouTube.
A three-minute video labeled 'The Truth About Saturday Night' has caused a stir online after showing the men walking London's streets and forcing a passerby to put a can of lager away, telling him they are the Muslim Patrol and that alcohol is a 'forbidden evil'.
The video also filmed a cyclist being treated after a road accident, saying he was injured because of alcohol.
A 22-year-old man was arrested in Acton on Sunday while a 19-year-old man voluntarily attended an east London police station on Monday.
The police, however, kept the identity of the pair hidden.
"The Metropolitan Police Service takes these incidents very seriously and is pursuing various lines of enquiry with a view to identifying and prosecuting the individuals concerned, the Met spokesperson added.
The incidents angered the British Muslim community as officials at the East London Mosque and Ramadhan Foundation condemned the actions as un-Islamic.
"These actions are utterly unacceptable and clearly designed to stoke tensions and sow discord," the East London Mosque said in a statement cited by The Guardian.
"We wholly condemn them. The East London Mosque is committed to building co-operation and harmony between all communities in this borough.
The actions of this tiny minority have no place in our faith nor on our streets, it added.
Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, also condemned the incidents last week, saying they don't represent British Muslims.
Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.5 million.
The majority of the multi-ethnic minority has Indian, Bengali and Pakistani backgrounds.
In 2011, think tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population.
Responding to the statement I am proud to be a British citizen, 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net