U.S. Muslim groups and leaders have been swift to condemn last week's terrorist bombings in London – and in urging people not to blame Islam.
"The entire Muslim community of San Diego is united in complete condemnation of the criminal and barbaric acts of terrorism," Imam Sharif Battikhi, a longtime San Diego Islamic representative, wrote in a statement.
"To the grieving families of those who perished, and to the persons who have been so seriously injured by these horrible attacks, we Muslims pray that the persons responsible for these crimes are found and brought swiftly to justice," wrote Battikhi, who heads the American Islamic Services Foundation, an education and outreach group in San Diego.
In Anaheim, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Southern California, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and the Muslim Public Affairs Council expressed their outrage.
"We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused," said Hussam Ayloush of the American-Islamic relations council.
As with Battikhi and other Muslim leaders, Ayloush cautioned against "judging all Muslims based the un-Islamic acts of a few."
This week, the leader of the Muslim Council of Britain said he was anguished by evidence pointing to four British-born Muslims being involved in the attacks. "Nothing in Islam can ever justify the evil action of the bombers," said Iqbal Sacranie.
Union-Tribune and news service reports