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Muslims 'Must Not Denounce Other Muslims'

Muslims 'Must Not Denounce Other Muslims'

Author: John Deane, Chief Political Correspondent, PA News
Publication: Scotsman.com
Date: April 1, 2004
URL: http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2726089

Muslims cannot co-operate with local authorities against other members of the faith, the outspoken leader of an Islamic group insisted today.

Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, who leads the London-based group Al- Muhajiroun, was speaking after the mainstream Muslim Council of Britain called on the Islamic community to play its part in the fight against terrorism.

The Council's call followed this week's large-scale anti-terrorism operation in south east England.

Interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sheikh Omar said: "Muslims have a unique way of life. Co-operating with the authorities against any other Muslims, that is an act of apostasy in Islam.

"Having said that, Muslims in Britain have the right to defend themselves, but without the use of violence. They can gather together, speak with the imams.

"The imams themselves should lecture the Muslim community, not the Muslim Council of Britain who are all of them a bunch of seculars." mfl

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