Several Muslim leaders from across metro Detroit gathered Monday in Dearborn to condemn last week’s attacks in London. Speaking in front of the Islamic Center of America, they said that those who set off the bombs have nothing to do with Islam. “They are criminals. They are terrorists,” said Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights. “They may claim that they are Muslims, but we do not recognize that. …There is no room for terrorism in Islam.” Both Sunnis and Shi’ites, the two main sects of Islam, attended. “We join Americans of all faiths and people of good conscience worldwide in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused,” said Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Walid also condemned cases of backlash against Muslims and mosques in Britain. He said he has no reports of attack-related backlash against local Muslims.



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