UPDATE ~ UK Islamic rights group warns Muslims to stay home after bombings

[JURIST] Bearing in mind the experience of Muslims in the United States after 9/11, the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission [advocacy website] has urged UK Muslims to stay indoors to avoid being targeted for revenge in the wake of Thursday's terrorist bombings in London [JURIST report] which have been tentatively linked to al-Qaida. IHRC chairman Massoud Shadjareh said

The Islamic Human Rights Commission utterly condemns this attack, but now we appeal that there should be no further victims as a result of reprisals.... IHRC is advising Muslims not to travel or go out unless necessary, and is particularly concerned that women should not go out alone in this climate...In the event of being attacked, IHRC urges victims not to retaliate and to report the matter to the police and appropriate authorities.
The group has issued a series of guidelines [text] to help Muslims stay safe. While joining in condemnation of the attacks, other UK Muslim leaders have, however, criticized the IHRC precaution as being "over the top." The UK Press Association has more.

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