Thousands gather for rally against extremism

Associated Press

Posted on September 24, 2011 at 3:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 24 at 3:36 AM

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of Muslims are gathering at a rally in London to fight extremism and promote a moderate, inclusive version of Islam.

The event's organizers Minhaj-ul-Quran International say some 12,000 Muslims are expected at Wembley Arena Saturday.

The group's founder Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri says killing innocents is forbidden in Islam and Muslims must integrate into the societies in which they're living.

Britain has been involved in some of the largest international terror plots. On July 7, 2005, four suicide bombers killed 52 people in synchronized attacks on London's subway system.

The men behind the 2006 trans-Atlantic liquid bomb plot began their plan in Britain. A Nigerian man who tried to smuggle explosives onto a plane in his underwear studied in London.

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