CAIRO - Rejecting un-Islamic terror cells in Birmingham and Luton, a leading British Muslim organization has condemned the plans as contradicting with Islam, praising law enforcement officer's efforts in protecting their country.
The Ramadhan Foundation welcomes the jailing of various terrorism suspects in Birmingham and Luton, Mohammed Shafiq, Ramadhan Foundation chief executive, told Birmingham Mail.
Shafiq comments followed a court's decision to put eleven British Muslims in jail on Friday, April 26, for planning a so-called an Al-Qaeda-backed plot to carry out a string of bombings in UK.
The conspiracy involved at least six of the plotters travelling to Pakistan for terror training, with the eventual aim of setting off eight rucksack bombs in crowded areas and possibly other timed devices, the court heard.
Ringleader Irfan Naseer received a life sentence, his right-hand man Irfan Khalid was jailed for 18 years and co-conspirator Ashik Ali was jailed for 15 years by a judge at Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London.
Eight other members of the cell which was based in Birmingham, central England, were also sentenced on Friday.
Your plot had the blessing of Al-Qaeda and you intended to further the aims of Al-Qaeda, Judge Richard Henriques said as he sentenced the men.
The only barrier between (Naseer's) team and mass murder was the intervention of the authorities.
Shafiq welcomed the convictions as a sign that those plotting terrorist attacks will be caught and brought to justice.
These evil men had no regard for human life and the lives of their fellow citizens, he said.
He also paid tribute to the police forces and intelligence agencies involved with investigating and thwarting the terror plots.
If it were not for the police and intelligence agencies these plots would have caused untold damage and loss of life in our country.
British Muslims leaders were quick to distance Islam from acts of terror.
There is no justification for terrorism in Islam, those engaged in these crimes are not acting in the name of our faith or our community, Shafiq said.
Terrorism has no religion and not only should they be shunned, they should be brought to justice, he added.
The chief executive of Ramadhan Foundation stressed that the British Muslim community has been working to spread the true meanings of Islam.
The British Muslim community has been working very hard to eradicate this evil amongst our midst, many Muslim organizations are dedicated to not only condemning terrorism and extremism but using the opportunities to bring them back to Islam, Shafiq added.
Britain's 2.7 million Muslims have taken full brunt of anti-terror laws since the 7/7 attacks.
Police data shows that 1,200 anti-Muslim attacks were reported in Britain in 2010.
A Financial Times opinion poll showed that Britain is the most suspicious nation about Muslims.
A poll of the Evening Standard found that a sizable section of London residents harbor negative opinions about Muslims.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net