Hundreds of young British Muslims have taken part in a summer camp led by a
scholar which promotes the message that terrorism is anti-Islamic.
The three-day gathering on a university campus in Coventry, central England,
was led by Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, who earlier this year issued a
fatwa, or religious ruling, against terrorism.
At least 1,300 people attended the event, which was widely covered by
On the agenda were lectures about issues faced by Muslims living in the West
such as terrorism and integration.
The Muslim community in Britain has been in the spotlight since the July 7,
2005 attacks on London's public transport system. The incident left 52
people dead and hundreds more wounded.
The police blamed the attacks on four British Muslims, three of Pakistani
According to the last census in 2001, there are currently more than 1.6
million Muslims residing in Britain. Unofficial estimates, however, suggest
the number could now be well above 2 million.