CAIRO - The Archbishop of Canterbury has hailed the Muslim condemnations of the machete killing of an army soldier in Britain, saying that swift response showed that these acts have no basis in Islam.
"We have all been appalled by the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich," Archbishop Justin Welby told a joint appearance in Leicester with Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, the assistant secretary of the umbrella Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) cited by The Guardian."I want to recognize the response of churches, mosques and other faith and civil society groups, as well as those of brave individuals who have done so much to bring our communities together at this time.
"The strong response of the Muslim Council of Britain and many other organizations has rightly emphasized that these acts have no place in Islam."
An army cadet was hacked to death by two machete-wielding men on Wednesday near an army barrack in Woolwich, south London.
A video showed the attackers, who are Muslim converts of Nigerian origin, blaming British policies for the killing and calling on Britons to remove their government.
British Muslims have strongly condemned the killing as contradicting the basic Islamic teachings.
Standing side-by-side with Mogra, archbishop Welby described Leicester as a shining example of how religious communities work together.
"I think Leicester is a shining example of how communities work together, he said.
I am confident because of the very good work Ibrahim (Mogra) has been doing, and we are all doing, that we are in a good position.
He also stressed the need for unity among religious communities in Leicester in the wake of the Woolwich brutal attack.
We are in a good position, Welby said.
"There's very good foundations which have been laid over the last few years. It's very solid and I'm highly confident."
The MCB leader said the grisly killing has shocked the Muslim community in Britain.
"Muslim communities in Britain are shocked and appalled by the horrific murder in Woolwich," sheikh Morga said.
"This attack on a member of the armed forces is dishonorable and no cause can justify this murder."
Mogra stressed that the brutal murder in Woolwich has "no place in Islam".
"The murderers chanted slogans during their heinous crime claiming to do it in God's name. This is a betrayal of Islam, he said.
"This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn it utterly and unreservedly.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Lee Rigby's family and friends and especially his two-year-old son.
A similar message was echoed during the weekly Friday prayers in Britain.
"Don't be extremists. In Islam there is no space for terror or terrorism," imam Muhammad Sindhi told hundreds of worshippers.
"Islam doesn't teach, in broad daylight, to go out into the streets of London wielding a butcher's cleaver and hack someone to death.This Stone Age savagery is not the message of Islam.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net