An open letter to Lee’s killers. This is not what Islam taught us

Published: July 14, 2013
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Jack and Rebecca Rigby, the son and wife of Lee Rigby. PHOTO: REUTERS

Jack and Rebecca Rigby, the son and wife of Lee Rigby. PHOTO: REUTERS Flowers at the scene of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in south-east London. PHOTO: AFP

Dear Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale,

This is an open letter to both of you on behalf of Muslims who are disgusted at your barbaric actions at Woolwich. And also because you both tried to justify what you did under the name of Islam.

It has been over 50 days since you butchered and beheaded an innocent man in the streets of London. Today was Lee Rigby’s funeral and like many people killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, he left behind a wife and young child.

Lee was collecting money for a charity that helps injured soldiers and you killed him in broad daylight.

Mr Adebolajo, after killing Lee, you said:

“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. By Allah, we swear by the almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone.”

I, like many others are embarrassed that you claim to be a Muslim, for Islam means peace and Allah would never justify your heinous crimes. If you were a Muslim then you would know that an eye for an eye would make the whole world blind.

When George Bush and Tony Blair launched their illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I took to the streets of Britain to protest. After ten years of bloodshed in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Pakistan, I am still opposed to British soldiers risking their lives in a conflict that was started by their puppet leaders. Does that mean I should start killing every off-duty soldier I see out of spite?

When British soldiers have their legs blown off by a Taliban landmine, or come back coffins, does that mean you should gleefully justify it? Are these people not human beings to you both?

Did you both know that since you murdered 25-year-old Lee, Muslims and mosques have been attacked all over the UK? Rotten pigs’ heads are thrown into the gardens of peoples’ houses. Muslim graves have been desecrated. Women have been attacked and had their hijabs torn off. Swastikas and “EDL” have been scrawled over Islamic centres across England. Are you happy with the outcome?

You both gave far right fascist groups such as the EDL (English Defence League) more attention so they can spread violence and bigotry towards Muslims.

Over 1.6 billion Muslims have been branded as angry terrorists by the ignorant masses because of people like you. Muslims from all races and backgrounds have coexisted with others peacefully for decades and multiculturalism is a large part of British identity. We will never stop this despite what you did.

I have always been taught to respect others regardless if they are atheist, Jewish, Hindu, green, pink or blue. Clearly you Mr Adebowale and Mr Adebolajo didn’t get that message. So I’m going to say it clearly.

The Quran teaches us to respect all people.

Islam isn’t just a religion, it’s a way of life and that will always start with peace.

Sincerely,

Muslims

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Zab Mustefa

Zab Mustefa

Zab Mustefa is a British journalist who specialises in women's rights and culture. She tweets @zabmustefa (twitter.com/zabmustefa)

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  • BRUISED INDIAN

    @Author:
    The people who indoctrinated the killers of Drummer Lee have origins from the land of the pure!! No, this is not a bashing match or whatever… but what you wrote is mere rhetoric and lip service!

    Barring the two things mentioned in my rant there isn’t much done by the Muslim Community to prevent such attacks! Post 9/11 CAIR and other organizations haven’t done squat to allay fears of Non Muslims or done anything to stem such attacks nor tried anything in their so called power to stop such indoctrination.

    Majid Nawaz is good enough to just to appear on TV for bashing such people and raking in millions of pounds for his foundation or take the example of the Doha Debates (who keep playing the nudge nudge wink wink game) but that’s it. THATS JUST IT! Recommend

  • Atindra

    But who will listen to all these things?Extremists use religion as a shield.It was the same case with Osama having let his children get western education and on the other hand calling for global jihad against modern education.
    No appealing, no deals but only stern and ruthless merciless action against extremists can bring end to this mayhem.Recommend

  • Zob

    One understands the sentiment behind this article, but this reads like a weak promotion piece. From where do you get the notion that “Islam means peace”? Hardly any religion can make the claim that it “means peace,” less so Islam. Let’s take a simple example: “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing: But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them.” You know where this is from, and you may claim the verse is up for interpretation, but it hardly sounds peaceful. Also, it is precisely this sort of stuff which leaves one less inclined to “respect others regardless if they are atheist, Jewish, Hindu, green, pink or blue.” When you say “this is not what Islam taught us,” you invite someone to point out exactly what in the religious texts sanctions their actions.

    And no, it isn’t true that “over 1.6 billion Muslims have been branded as angry terrorists by the ignorant masses because of people like you.” Stop trying to crystallize the thoughts of the “ignorant masses.” What is true, however, is that, sadly, a large number of people born Muslim cannot bring themselves to critique their religious texts and practices. Christians, Hindus, and Jews find it much easier to be thoughtful and liberated about how they view dogmatic material. Islam, as far as I know, means surrendering to the will of Allah. It looks like these two dullards in the UK were doing exactly that. Could you claim to know Allah’s will any better than they do? No.Recommend

  • ASQ

    wars are never pretty and as always innocent people get killed or as it’s famously said in west collateral damage!!!Recommend

  • Babloo

    Why pull Islam or religion in everything ?
    You just need humanity to not hurt or kill other people. If you need religion to prevent killing, you have already lost humanity.Recommend

  • Charlie Chapatti

    Well said Zeb. More people need to raise their voices against these sick, perverted, radicals as well as those who seek to excuse their behavior.Recommend

  • A muslim

    Who gave you the right to speak on the behalf of muslims?????, pls stop!Recommend

  • Faiza Choudhry

    indeed i second each word written ! … God bless the ill minds with the pure meanings of IslamRecommend

  • shareen

    While his death was a terrible tragedy, please don’t forget the THOUSANDS of innocent men, women and children killed by American/British/NATO soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Our lives are just as valuable as white peoples’ lives are.Recommend

  • Pak Whistleblower

    one soldier is killed and all of britain is in tears. 10 pakistani kids are killed in pakistan by obama’s drones and no one cares. Recommend

  • Critical

    There you go,the moderate brigade has started to defend the extremists….

    Sometimes,I feel that the Moderates and Extremists are part of a team,At one side,the extremists commit some atrocities and then when others think of retaliation,then the moderates try to pacify them telling “Islam is peace” “this is not true Islam”…….

    When Terry Jones try to do something in the name of Christianity,the first opposers are Christians, the most vocal critics of Bal Thackeray and Modi are Hindus…but the so-called moderates of Islam are either silent or secretly allow the extremists to operate and then come up in droves to save those extremists from others……

    Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion -Steven WeinbergRecommend

  • Hira Javaid

    Bravo for getting the truth out, of course there will still be some who will argue that Islam is not peaceful. To each his own. May we all get the opportunity to promote peace and the idea of coexistence. In Surah Kafiroon, which ends with “to you, your religion, to me, mine” it’s made perfectly clear that we are to coexist without forcing our religion on anyone. Recommend

  • SD

    The author has written everything except condemn the attack. Recommend

  • sh(india)

    Sad that muslims are being attacked, but unfortunately even atheists,lgbt’s are attacked in muslim countries too.Recommend

  • Indian

    From your write-up, it seems that more than rebuking the Lee’s killers, you spreading the false sense of muslim victimhood. You talk about stray incidents of violence against muslims and their religious places after this incident but nobod,y like yorself, gives damn about the systematic cleansing of minorities from muslim lands.
    When all the terrorism and killings by Al-Queda, Al-Shebad, LeT or Taliban is not considered as a war against Christianity, Hinduism, Budhism etc and doesn’t lead sense of victimhood in these communities then howcome wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or any muslim country is considered war against Muslims and Islam.
    It would have been much better had you written this article from the perspective of humanitarian rather a Muslim beacuse even if a liberal but you still sound communal. Recommend

  • Ahmed

    Absolutely. If anyone is angry over foreign soldiers in their home country they should go back and fight there, not kill people in britian or USA.Recommend

  • Harris Shahzad

    Very well written, and I completely agree. My Prophet (s.a.w) did not preach hatred as suggested by these idiots.Islam & Salaam come from the same root word. We all know what they mean.

    Thank you for writing what most muslims feel.Recommend

  • BlackJack

    If you were a Muslim then you would know that an eye for an eye would make the whole world blind.
    Ironic that you had to quote a Hindu (Gandhiji) to make such a statement.Recommend

  • BlackJack

    Someone convinced these guys that their version is indeed Islam – isn’t anyone curious to know how this was managed? It is to them that this letter should be addressed.Recommend

  • Kajamohideen

    Zab Mustafa.

    Barbaric acts? Read about Umm Qirfa.

    RgdsRecommend

  • Parvez

    For better effect you should have copied this in to the source from where this thinking originates and that is the land of oil and deserts backed by the powerful US dollar ………………..the two Michaels were just stupid foot soldiers.Recommend

  • NoOne

    Beautiful words, “Islam isn’t just a religion, it’s a way of life and that will always start with peace” and totally agree with the Open Letter.Recommend

  • Extra-ordinary villager

    I wish the writer reads all the comments (which are mostly Indian trolls) and realizes that no matter how peace loving you are..haters gonna hateRecommend

  • Saleem Khan

    He didn’t kill an innocent man. He killed a serving british soldier. They are not innocent! They are murderers. IRAQ, Afghanistan, Drones, forgot all that so soon??

    Fake liberals and their justifications. The west won’t love you no matter what you do! Please stop trying to please themRecommend

  • British Pakistani

    Some of the comments on this blog post are stupid. Did you try reading the article? It’s not about making a fuss over ONE soldier. The point is that one life is sacred in Islam and the killers (using the name of Islam) murdered a man on the street.

    I see lots of Indians with negative comments about “false Muslim victimhood”. To them, try coming to the UK right now and seeing how many racist attacks there have been against Muslims and how many mosques have been burned down by EDL fanatics. Then tell me it’s victimhood.Recommend

  • Sonya Israel

    I’m Israeli-English and was really touched by this article. Thank you for believing that there is peace between Jews and Muslims.

    I know a lot of people will say about Israel and Palestine but I hope we can all coexist together.Recommend

  • Pakistani AND proud

    Yawn @ the Indian trolls commenting on this post. Not all things evolve around India you know. The author is talking about something generally, so stop bringing it back to India as if it’s the only country in the world that exists. Ignorant people. Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @British Pakistani:

    Are you kidding me ? Muslims in uk are doing just fine, except the Arab and pakistani kind. Have you forgotten the pious Muslims who killed many innocent people in 2005 in the subway and a bus, recently Anjum chowdhury lead a rally in downtown London condemning and bad mouthing Shia Muslims. How uK Sunni extremist Muslim al mahajaroun wants to implement sharia in UK and how there are pockets of ghettos in uk cities where they claim to be Muslim area. I hope this message gets published.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @shareen:

    That is the same justification all extremist and al qaeda used to justify terrorism. Do you know how many shias have been killed in Iraq and Pakistan recently in terror attack ? Are you willing to condemn them ? Stop being an apologist for this killers and extremist.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @Hira Javaid:

    Are extremist Muslim following the last quote that you beautifully wrote down ? My answer is no.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @British Pakistani:

    Do you know why EDL is not attacking other immigrant minority ? Trust me it take two to tango. By no means I support fascism espoused by some of its member. Always extremist Muslims are always protesting UK soldiers who are attending home coming parade. Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @author

    Are you wiling to serve UK arm force ?
    Are you willing to support UK veteran who return from war, helping their family in the our of needs ?

    Are you willing to defend Democracy prevalent in UK ?

    Are extremist group in UK will agree with you not wearing hijab and their piece of garment called Niqab ?Recommend

  • Genius

    @Mehdi
    You wrote: “Do you know why EDL is not attacking other immigrant minority? ” Was Stepehen Lawrence and many hundreds of other non Muslims not murdered by the white terrorists? What you call “Extremist Muslims” have more than once proved themselves to be the “Fifth columinsts”. They are free to work for the interested agencies and get very wide press coverage for this purpose.Recommend

  • Summer

    @Mehdi you have lost the plot. Do you even know who the EDL are? It’s not difficult to do some Googling. Try it. Recommend

  • Serah Mahmoud

    @Medhi, I can’t even understand your bad English.

    Are extremist group in UK will agree with you not wearing hijab and their piece of garment called Niqab

    Erm what?Recommend

  • Pessimist

    Cliches. Cliches everywhere!

    I suppose there is a standard set of cliches most Muslims have ready everytime there is a bomb attack:

    If only words spoke louder than actions, alas they don’t! Recommend

  • BRUISED INDIAN

    ET: Seriously is this what it has come down to? Recommend

  • Insaan

    @British Pakistani: “I see lots of Indians with negative comments about “false Muslim victimhood”. To them, try coming to the UK right now and seeing how many racist attacks there have been against Muslims and how many mosques have been burned down by EDL fanatics. Then tell me it’s victimhood.”

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  • http://gujrat RAW is WAR

    @ Pak Whistleblower

    Drones belong to USA, not UK. Why kill a British soldier? Recommend

  • http://bigsaf.newsvine.com bigsaf

    I wish you had put more thought into this open letter. Recommend

  • Tahir

    Eye for an eye, world would be more saferRecommend

  • http://bigsaf.newsvine.com bigsaf

    Reposting the sentences that for some reason were not published in my last post, which only displays the first sentence of the paragraph:

    The effort and sentiments are appreciated, but you have approached this poorly, relying very heavily and lazily on cliched religious rhetoric. I honestly don’t think this is effective with either the general audience or the intended Wahhabi/Salafi/Sunni Islamist extremists. It’ll be dismissed for being generalized and patronizing.Recommend

  • Milind

    @Pak whistleblower – “one soldier is killed and all of britain is in tears. 10 pakistani kids are killed in pakistan by obama’s drones and no one cares. ”

    Its not the job of the Brits to cry over your fallen people. Its you who has to moan and condemn every attack on and killing of your folks. This would cover not just the drones, but also other attacks done by LeJ, TTP, including those on Shias, Ahmedis, Hindus etc,Recommend

  • ghulam

    This letter represents all Muslims and what Islam stands for; peace. All the negative commentators just want to criticise for the sake of it. If you ain’t got something worth saying…Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @Serah Mahmoud:

    Sorry my bad English has caused immense discomfort to your extreme Muslim sensibility. My auto correcter iPad app is buggy and at times esteemed ET moderator censor few words, which caused my view point that I was trying to make sound not so discernible. Allow me to explain myself, will it be acceptable for extremist outfit such as Al Mujahiroon to accept a Muslim women like the author without a hijab and the favorite Muslim garb called Niqab. If you wear the later one, ask yourself one question is it permissible in an open society like UK to wear such clothing. please allow this rebuttal without any censorship. Thank you.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @SD:

    Very true. She is the epitome of Muslim apologist. I would like to see her follow up comments.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @Summer:

    I know who they are, if I were to compare them with extremist Muslim groups operating in UK, I will prefer to sit and talk to them rather than the Muslim groups. Yes I don’t condone EDLs stance, they need to give up their fascist ideology.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @Saleem Khan:

    You please stop praising your extremist co religionists. or else drone might seek you out one day. Try being open minded.Recommend

  • PC

    People complain that Muslims aren’t doing or saying enough to combat extremism and when they write an article like this, you all still aren’t happy. No way of pleasing people.Recommend

  • Critical

    @Mehdi:
    Strangely,the EDL has its own Sikh and Hindu divisions and nowhere did they try to attack the non-white establishments….They dont sound like racial fascists…but a group of anti-muslims joined together……Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @Serah Mahmoud:

    Allow me to correct myself. Will it be acceptable for people who committed this heinous act or extermist groups who condone this act, to come to terms with the author’s unislamic attire without the Hijab or their favorite piece of garb called Niqab.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @Serah Mahmoud:

    You misspelled my name and I take offense :) But thanks for correcting my computer edited English grammar and syntax :)Recommend

  • Amer Saab

    completely agree! imagine what lee rigby’s son will think when he’s growing up.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    So the strategy of such apologists is pretty simple:

    1) Say things like it is the Religion is peace, Islam means that this,etc.

    2) When you counter them quoting their own texts, the line is you are taking things out of context.

    3) Some will counter quote you(basically showing how contrasting statements can be present in single text). Others will talk about your Religion, trying to divert the topic and keep you on the defensive.

    So basically the point is totally forgotten: There are 1.4 Billion Muslims in the world, 1 Billion HIndus, 2.5 Billion Christians. Yet, the violence in the 2 out of the 3 groups is negligible, while 1 group takes the overwhelming lead in so many things!Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    @British Pakistani:

    That is the excuse in almost all non-Muslim majority countries, isn’t it..

    India: Babri Masjid, wooo!!

    US: It has attacked Muslim lands.

    UK: They are attacking Mosques.

    But, has an Indian or an American ever went to Saudi Arabia and complained that their Temples or Churches are not allowed there? Can they even get a citizenship in that country?

    There’ll always be a reason for violence. But, only one group actually uses those reasons to indulge in violence. Recommend

  • http://www.azbishowto.co.nr Sajil Shahid

    @A muslim:

    Everyone has the right to speak, practise whatever they desire – if someone cannot stop these horrific acts, the least they can do is condemn them, right?

    I am sure you would agree that we are all disgusted by this very act that happened to Lee. This is a statement, not a invitation for a discussion. Recommend

  • The noble person…….

    Plzz stop pointing towards each other and correct ur own deeds……….The Americans who killed Muslims are not good people and so are the Pakistanis who tortures Christians,Hindus and other minorities in their own country……..We don’t want a fight or a crusade in the world……we just want peace……… It is wrong to harass people just becoz they belong to another religion….We are humans,not animals or beasts and we must behave like matured and grown up persons……..We know there are idiots and mentally disorderd people in the world who thinks tht only his own religion is good and others are bad……..these type of mentality can lead people to hate each other…….it’s good to think tht ur own religion is the best one,i respect tht…….but tht does not give u the authority to insult any other religion in the world……..Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @Anoop:

    Again that requires serious introspection. Yes we Muslim need to learn to view things from humanistic perspective rather than only thru the canonical lenses of Islam. Any way what is the use of religion if it doesn’t server humanity. Islam came to serve humanity not the other way round.Recommend

  • http://bigsaf.newsvine.com bigsaf

    @Mehdi:

    to come to terms with the author’s unislamic attire without the Hijab or their favorite piece of garb called Niqab

    This crossed my mind as well. If I were a radical extremist this would be my first attack to discredit the author ‘Sister, where’s your hijab?’. Though I suspect Adebolajo and Adebowale themselves would not have been as dismissive. I base this on the video, when they tried to reason with female bystanders on why they were trying to behead the soldier.

    Besides there are already rightwing Muslim commentators above who mentioned drones and how the soldiers are killers, or that she’s a westernized liberal, etc. This article would have been successfully argued against by extremists in their polemics and propaganda, despite their own inherent contradictions and irrationality, simply because the article is weak in generalizations and rhetoric and unfortunately comes off as apologist to the general audience. Recommend

  • zaynab

    why are people commenting getting so uptight? when a MINORITY of muslims are extreme you complain and when the good ones condemn it like this letter does, you’re still complaining! what more do you want?

    @medhi stop bringing invalid points about pakistan into the equation. we’re talking about an attack that happened in LONDON by african muslim converts who used the religion as a tool to kill an innocent man.

    the author condemns it all so why do you insist on ripping the article apart?

    saying something for the sake of being subjective isn’t a valid line of argument.Recommend

  • Rahim

    Bravo author, very well written blog.
    Recommend

  • zaynab

    Ps @Mehdi re: name spelling LOOOOLLL had to laugh at that!Recommend

  • daany

    lee’s murder was an individual’s act, any individual with criminal disposition can do that no matter he is a muslim or not. you should try to stop those states who are putting their best brains for killing muslims around the world, Lee’s murder is only a backlash, a minimum that an angry muslim with criminal tendencies could do.
    religious extremists are there among us all, muslims,christians or hindoos, every religion has fanatics.If you start to kill christians around the globe using sophisticated technology and best available brains you will find ordinary christians doing same things as lee’s murder to give vent to their anger……the point is, there never is a justification for a murder but the phenomena that leads to such incidents must be understood without bias and prejudice,which is apparent when people blame muslims for terrorism. Recommend

  • Muslim

    Wish if same thing would have been written for UK soldiers who are killing innocent muslims in Afghanistan..
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  • Tahir Shah

    “Eye for an Eye” I am butterfly.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @zaynab:

    Please show me where I brought Pakistan into this killing equation perpetrated by Muslim. Yes I mentioned Pakistan and Iraq in a context, to highlight minority killing, yes it is absolutely relevant to this topic. Recommend

  • zaynab

    @Mehdi if you’re going to do tit-for-tat on every word in this blog, you are missing the whole point the author is trying to make. Recommend

  • akeil

    Good article ET! About time someone said it!Recommend

  • Margaret

    I’m glad Muslims are finally speaking out against extremism. This is a very powerful letter and I’m sure it would mean a lot if Lee’s family read it. Recommend

  • Insaan

    @Muslim: Wish if same thing would have been written for UK soldiers who are killing innocent muslims in Afghanistan..

    Most Muslims in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the last 25 years have been killed by Muslims themselves.

    Pakistan killed 3 million people in East Pakistan (Bangladesh).

    This war on terror is a money making machine for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Bruised Indian by its own Govt

    @BRUISED INDIAN:
    what you say on India behind Mumbai and Lok Sabha attacks?
    Bagal mein chora aur shehar mein dhindhoraRecommend

  • Milind

    @ Bruised Indian by its own Govt – Do you realize the difference between a plain allegation by some castaway officer and something that’s proven through investigations and courts of law.Recommend

  • http://ujawed.wordpress.com Umar

    @Zob:
    Zob first of all by actually referring to any random Quranic verse you cannot portray Islam! There are 6666 verses with the explanation by Prophet PBUH. If Islam was a religion of intolerance and terrorism, it would not have survived. It is evident that the TURK sultanate that was apparently Islamic run was far more moderate than the Vatican City in those days. If Muslims are to be blamed because of the action of a tiny minority then let me remind you the action of Crusades in 18th Century where he killed thousands of Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem, is there any stamp of terrorists for christians on that? Lastly to decide whether someone is on Allah’s path is not a job for you or me. When someone violates the universal understood yet not learned principles of humanity he has breached himself from Islam! Islam also says one who kills a single person has indeed killed humanity? What do you say for that? Who is either Zob or Umar to decide that Islam says or means when there are Imam in mosques in your area who are actually dictating the peaceful message or the textbooks that are easily available including those of internationally recognized Cambridge written by christian scholars on Islam like Thomas D? Why do we not understand that there are personal grievances when such incidents occur? As for the verse of an eye for an eye it is a verse for a judicial remand or judicial procedure and extra judicial killings has never been permitted at any stage of Quran! To interpret what Quran says by own self for your own purpose is not Islam. Recommend

  • shamim rasul

    one soldier dies, millions cry. hundreds of pakistanis and afghans die, no one cares. Recommend

  • Jennie

    Extremist Muslims give the rest of them a bad name. When the West sees terrorist attacks of course there will be ignorant uneducated people who will brand 2 billion Muslims as members of Al Queda or something.Recommend

  • Aneeseh

    I hope that Lee Rigby’s parents read this and see that two idiots who killed their son don’t represent us all.

    Although when the EDL tried to raise money for the same charity “Help For Heroes” as Lee did prior to being killed, his family rejected any EDL help and ask for them to stop using Lee’s death for the EDL’s sick agenda, which was good. Recommend

  • James Anderson

    EDL are a bunch of idiots. Most sensible people already know that. It’s a fascist hate org that was started by a violent, criminal, fraudulent chav Tommy Robinson whose real name is Stephen Lennon. This idiot can’t even abide by the law so imagine what his stupid ignorant followers would be like. Any chance they get, they’ll use Lee’s memory and hijack his death to spread their hatred. Recommend

  • James Anderson

    Where I live in Bradford there is a massive Pakistani population. I’ve lived here for over thirty years and never ever had any problem with them. There is poverty yes, but that doesn’t have an effect on how British-Pakistanis interact with others.

    Like the writer of this article said, we’ve all coexisted for so long and that isn’t going to stop just because two evil men used Islam as a tool to murder an innocent family man. So the EDL can try all they want but will always fail.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @James Anderson:

    Are you British pakistani pretending to be a white person or are you some how related to English fast bowler :)Recommend

  • Insaan

    @Jennie: Extremist Muslims give the rest of them a bad name……..
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  • Insaan

    @Milind: Most Pakistanis still think Pakistan won the Kargil war and it was thousands of tribals (not Pakistani army) that were killed in the Kargil. They never try to find the truth.Recommend

  • Insaan

    @James Anderson: we’ve all coexisted for so long and that isn’t going to stop just because two evil men used Islam as a tool to murder an innocent family man

    Muslims and Hindus co-existed for hundreds of years and then a Muslim leader called for a “direct action day”, 400 hundred people died on the very first day and 100,000 became homeless. It all ended with partition of India, millions died. Recommend

  • http://www.islamicvanguards.com Irish Islamic Vanguard

    While I will not indulge in glorifying random acts of lunacy by misguided Muslims, nor will I follow the path of sycophantic Muslims and bemoan the loss of a soldier who was for all accounts part of a heinous war machine that has wrought terror in Muslim lands and among Muslims.Recommend

  • James Anderson

    @Mehdi yes that’s right, I’m a saddo British-Pakistani pretending to be white because I have nothing better to do with my time. Recommend

  • BRUISED INDIAN

    @Bruised Indian by its own Govt:
    Yeah buddy whatever makes you sleep at night! The placebo is working just fine!!!! Aint it??Recommend

  • http://muhibullah.wordpress.com/ Muhibullah

    Lee Rigby was not an innocent man, he was a murderer who got what he deserved. The only condemnable part of this action was that those two Muslims were under treaty obligation with the UK government and breaking this treaty is a terrible sin and crime.Recommend

  • http://muhibullah.wordpress.com/ Muhibullah

    I am still opposed to British soldiers risking their lives in a conflict that was started by their puppet leaders.

    It’s telling how you’re opposed to ‘British soldiers risking their lives’ rather than ‘British soldiers occupying Muslim countries and murdering their inhabitants’.Recommend

  • alex

    @Pak Whistleblower:
    do you know,how many wives osama bin laden had?do you know how many offspring he had? do you know how many siblings he had? answer:5,25&54.
    do you know how many children obama has?how many george bush had?
    have you any count of the number of scientists& inventors their country has produced? how many thinkers& great men U.K. has produced that have contributed to humanity? how many barbaric invaders has the great arabic civilization inspired, you must have heard of timur, chengiz khan, osama……the list is endless…….
    the answer is self-obvious,…… that is why….Recommend