London: Thousands of Muslims gathered
together for a peace rally to commemorate the 10th anniversary
of September 11 attacks, expressing their condemnation of
terrorism and extremism.
The Peace for Humanity conference has been organised by
the Islamic group Minhaj-ul-Quran, which is also launching a
campaign to get one million people to sign an online
declaration of peace by 2012.
Islam is against terrorism, a leading Islamic scholar told
the 12000-strong gathering at Wembley.
Islamic scholar Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said the
conference will send a message that 10 years of extremist
activity should end.
"We should strive together, to bring an end to the era of
extremist terrorism so that the peace and love and fraternity
- which is lost because of unfortunate extremistic activity in
the last decade - should come to end and we may restore the
peace, love and smiles on the faces of mankind," Tahir-ul-
Qadri, the founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran, said.
He added: "We reject unequivocally all terrorism because
at the heart of all religions is a belief in the sanctity of
the lives of the innocent.
"The indiscriminate nature of terrorism, which has in
recent years killed far more civilians and other
non-combatants than it has combatants".
Video messages of support from politicians, including
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, opposition leader Ed
Miliband and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles were also due
to be played along with a collective multi-faith prayer.