Woolwich Murder- What is the counter narrative?

Yesterdays news of a soldier from Middleton being murdered on the streets of London has deeply affected all sections of British Society, including the Muslim community. The tragic event was cold blooded and beyond the ordinary as the Murderers stood by after the killing speaking to the public about their actions.

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The reportage once again trialled Islam and the Muslims living in Britain as a sense of uneasiness arose. How should Muslims view these events? What should be said? Who is to blame? These were natural questions which arose that may have temporarily frozen us in formulating a cohesive voice on the issue.

Majed’s Blog offers a series of tweets from tonight to help shape our narrative of the event that will allow you to discuss the incident in wider context with Muslims and non-muslims alike.



#Woolwich incident- The killing innocents is clearly Haram (forbidden) in Islam. However the Media coverage blames #Islam for the incident

#Woolwich incident- The British Govt immediately called it Terrorism whilst supplying weapons 2 Dictatorships during Arab spring to kill ppl

#Woolwich incident- Before 2001 no such incidents of Terrorism. British Foreign Policy has played an Intrinsic role in making UK Unsafe

#Woolwich incident- Its irresponsible 2 ask Muslim community to apologise every time incidents like these take place. Islam is not the cause

#Woolwich incident- Media spins usual narrative of ‘practicing’ Muslims & radicalisation. Sensationalist reporting fails to answer questions

#Woolwich incident- Terrorism experts voiced before 7/7 events link of British Foreign Policy acting as recruiting Seargent for violence

#Woolwich incident- Muslims need to make Dawah and clarify what Islam says about such issues

#Woolwich incident- The debate on who are ‘extremist’ & ‘progressive’ Muslim are loaded terms to make Muslims look introvertly & apologise

#Woolwich incident- Making a stand using violence on legitimate issues is forbidden in Islam. We have to remain within boundaries of Islam

#Woolwich incident- #EDL thrive off such incidents & will use it 4 further violence on Muslim community just as British Govt will 4 itself

#Woolwich incident- Muslims have condemned the incident like against British & US Govt using violence in #Pakistan,#Iraq &#Afghanistan

#Woolwich incident- Muslim community must not be bullied into Govt narrative of changing Islam, which had NO factor in this incident

#Woolwich incident- Muslims must proactively engage with wider society to expose Terrorism of all kinds whether here or Abroad

#Woolwich incident- Dont become’House Muslims’ like some US Muslims did after Boston Bombings by praising Obama. Islam is not the cause

#Woolwich incident- Violence was unacceptable but many British Soldiers are questioning their role in murderous wars abroad too.

#Woolwich incident- Murder is wrong , but British Govt spins words to suit their own agendas whilst doing exactly the same thing abroad

#Woolwich incident- the Murder was irrational but British foreign Policy in #Afghanistan #Iraq is rational? Cameron is not making sense!



  1. iftikhara says:

    The true honest practicing Muslims were all absolutely shocked and remorseful about what happened in Boston and Woolwich. This is a huge tragedy and a loss for all as humanitarians. This is so sad. Muslim community unconditionally condemns and repudiates the bombings that took place in Boston and brutal killing of a British soldier. We share the pain of fellow Americans and Brits and express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured in this vicious attack. The killing of innocents can never be justified. And, it is our hope that the perpetrator(s) of this horrible act soon be apprehended and brought to justice. There is about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and how many commit atrocities like this? And last time I checked the Aurora shooter’s and the Sandy Hook shooter’s religious beliefs were not publicized and connected to their acts. Religion is only an important factor when its not Christian.

    It seems the victim was a soldier. Does that make any difference? It seems the two assassins did not try to escape, and the police when the arrived shot them both. So the perpetrators were both prosecuted to the full extent lawlessly. I go only by what has been reported on the TV news, but summary justice has no place in civilized society whoever does it and whether by machete or by drones. Two wrongs do not make a right. We are not the USA. Criminals must be brought to trial, not arbitrarily murdered.

    Terrorism and sexual grooming is nothing to do with Masajid, Imams and Muslim schools. Those Muslim youths who have been involved in terrorism and sexual grooming are the product of western education system which makes a man stupid, selfish and corrupt. They find themselves cut off from their cultural heritage, literature and poetry. They suffer from identity crises and I blame British schooling. Masajid, Imams, Muslim schools and Madrassas are not teaching hatred against non-Muslims. They teach Muslim children that homosexuality is a sin. This does not mean that they are teaching hatred.

    Why is the NATO merrily slaughtering thousands of innocent people and children every week with these drones and not called to heel? Why is the mass scale of these daily atrocities and carnage never reported and just callously written off as collateral damage? This not a war on terrorism at all, and its more than blatant bullying. This actually IS terrorism. And the worst of it is that our government despite all the death and destruction, are happy to stain their hands with the blood of collateral damage too. Its all so horribly wrong!And this is what gives fuel to terrorists and the real reason they hate the west. Thousands of innocent children and women killed by these.

    A vast majority of people in this world just want to live their lives with their families and friends, and don’t give a hoot about what other people do, as long as they can go on with their families and friends. I find it almost impossible to believe that most Muslims want to kill people who don’t share their views. The matter at hand is how to change the mind-set of people so a higher percentage does not turn to violence. One should not lump all individuals of any particular Faith in with the violent actions of a few misguided individuals who USE Religion to justify their violent actions. Every now and then a Muslim kills in the US and some people jump on ALL Muslims, as though WHITES, CHRISTIANS or otherwise, do not kill. They forget that non-Muslim killing far outnumbers Muslim killing in the US. They call for the expulsion of Muslims. The BEST SOLUTION would be for all FOREIGNERS to go back to their roots and return the country to the original AMERICAN NATIVES. Is this not a FAIR PROPOSAL? LOL! You white Christians have destroyed the Native Americans and it is only fair and right that YOU be destroyed by other communities.

    The IRA was a TERRORIST organization who bombed schools full of children, massacred innocents and put bombs in busy London subway stations …oh, and thy were all “devout” Roman Catholics …..how many Catholics were blamed for this and generalized as terrorists? ..I’m just saying.
    Iftikhar Ahmad

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