CAIRO - Distancing their religion from the killing, British Muslims have rushed to social website to vent anger at attackers who hacked a soldier to death in the name of Islam.
"The horrific attack in Woolwich had nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with the scum who say they do this in the name of Islam," a user named Imran Khan wrote on Facebook and cited by The Independent."It's a minority like you, who give Muslims like me who work hard to build interfaith relationships, a bad name. You are a disgrace to Islam," added another user, Tameena Hussain.
The comments were posted on one of several Facebook pages set up by members of the Muslim community immediately after the attacks.
An army cadet was killed Wednesday in Woolwich, south London, by two machete-wielding Britons.
Local media said that the attackers are Muslim converts from Christian immigrant backgrounds.
Immediately after the attack, Muslims went to Facebook to launch pages condemning the killing.
On a page called "RIP Woolwich Soldier -Muslims Grieve For You Also", several Muslims expressed their solidarity with RIP, rejecting the killing.
Some messages reflected the exasperation of a community repeatedly under siege after acts of terrorism or violence by a minority.
"I'm done apologizing for things I haven't done. Cold-blooded murder committed by random Muslim have nothing to do with Islam," wrote Nader.
The grassroots messages of condemnations echoed the statements of established community groups.
The main Muslim organization, the Muslim Council of Britain, has condemned the attack as contradicting the basic teachings of Islam.
"This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the victim and his family," the MCB said in its statement.
The Islamic Society of Britain also denounced the killing.
"Justifying this killing in the name of faith or religion is false and rejected by the Islamic Society of Britain, by the scripture, by those who commit to God, by civil society, and by truth."
Chorus of Condemnations
Several British Muslim civil advocacy group have also expressed outrage and sorrow over the killing.
"London and our nation will come together and will not be divided. The terrorists will never win," Mohammed Shafiq from the Ramadhan Foundation said.
Fiyaz Mughal, the director of charity Faith Matters, also condemned the murder.
"The cold-blooded killing of a British soldier is a crime that sickens every member of every community in the UK," he said.
"We must come together, isolate those who believe that extremism and violence are acceptable, and work to ensure that they meet the full force of the law.
"We must send a clear message to anyone that an attack on a serving soldier going about their daily activities is something that must be utterly condemned.
Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, of the Association of British Muslims, said the attackers' actions had "removed them from Islam, because there is no grounds to justify terrorism".
Akbar Khan, from Building Bridges, condemned "the killing of an innocent person" and "all forms of extremism wherever they are".
London was last hit by a serious militant attack in July 2005, when four young Islamists set off suicide bombs on the public transport network, killing 52 people.
Britain's 2.7 million Muslims have taken full brunt of anti-terror laws since the 7/7 attacks.
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.