Tower Hamlets’ Muslim groups back Royal Wedding in face of minority opposition

Muslim groups in Tower Hamlets have issued a statement to the East London Advertiser supporting tomorrow’s Royal Wedding and condemning groups such as Muslims Against Crusades who oppose it.

The borough’s Council of Mosques held a meeting at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel yesterday to discuss “what the Muslim community in Tower Hamlets really feels about the Royal Wedding”, according to a spokesman for the centre.

It came amid fears over a demonstration by the MAC group planned to disrupt the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

MAC, who oppose British military involvement in Afghanistan and who have branded Prince William a “modern day Nazi”, cancelled their demo yesterday because activists believe a terrorist attack on the wedding is a “very real possibility”, according to their website.

They have called on all Muslims in the UK and abroad not to attend the wedding.


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The joint statement from Muslim groups in the borough, co-signed by the Poplar Mosque & Community Centre, the East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre and the Al Huda Cultural Centre and Mosque in Mile End Road among others, said: “Muslims should very well know that marriage is promoted and celebrated in Islam.

“Families built on the basis of marriage are at the core of human society.”

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Prior to the MAC’s cancellation, the joint statement said: “The plans of a tiny minority of individuals from the Muslim community who seek to sow dissension and division by holding a nonsensical demonstration against the wedding is neither representative of the views of the Muslim community, nor of Islam as a religion.”

The ELA has been unable to get a comment from the MAC.

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