UK Muslims Shocked by Arrests in Terror Plot, Fear Backlash

August 12, 2006

Source: The Scotsman

On August 12, 2006 The Scotsman reported, "Worshippers gathering at mosques for Friday prayers yesterday expressed shock, condemnation and scepticism over the arrest of young British Muslims in the alleged terrorist plot.

There were also fears of a backlash as police investigated an arson attack at a mosque in Cheshire. An accelerant was poured through a door at the mosque and set on fire while there were people inside the building, but the small blaze was quickly extinguished.

Osama Saeed, co-ordinator of Glasgow mosques and a spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain, said: 'I haven't heard of any trouble affecting Muslims in Scotland, but there is scepticism about these arrests because of the track record of the police.'

At the mosque opposite one of the addresses searched by police in Walthamstow, east London, uniformed officers stood at the entrance to provide a clear path for dozens of worshippers who did not wish to speak to the media pack.

But one Muslim, on seeing an Asian police officer at the mosque gate, burst out in anger: 'You are a Muslim. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are a bad Muslim.'

Worshippers at the once-notorious Finsbury Park Mosque in London - made infamous by the preachings of the now-jailed radical cleric Abu Hamza - condemned the alleged plot. The congregation described the news as 'terrible', while the conspiracy to kill thousands of innocent travellers was criticised as not allowed under Islam."