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Muslim Cabbies Offer Free Rides after London Attack

LONDON – Once again, Muslim taxi drivers stood out to offer help to London people after three militants attacked London Bridge, supplying them with free rides, food and a place to stay in the wake of the killings.

Twitter user Jessi said a Muslim taxi driver took her home and “cried over the attacks”.

“I have just had a Muslim taxi driver take me home and he has cried on me over the attacks tonight,” she was quoted by The Independent on Sunday, June 4.

“Terrorism has no religion.”

An attack at London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday, June 3, left seven people dead and 48 injured. Police have shot dead three attackers.

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It started at about 10:08pm on Saturday when a white van driving about 50mph struck pedestrians on London Bridge and then continued toward Borough Market.

The van continued down Borough High Street where it crashed outside the Barrow Boy and Banker pub.

The suspects then left the vehicle and a number of people were stabbed, including an on-duty British Transport Police officer who sustained serious injuries.

While many blamed Muslims from the attack, many took to social media websites to reject intolerance against the largely peaceful community.

Along with Jessy’s quote, Twitter user @gxyred, who had been stranded in the area after major tube lines shut, said Muslim shopkeepers offered him food and a place to stay.

YouTuber Luke Cutforth insisted that blame for the terror attack did not lie with Muslims.

“Blaming all Muslims for terrorism is just like blaming all males for terrorism! Most terrorists are male, so do you deport all of them?” he wrote.

Activist and writer Aleesha reminded people of the indiscriminate nature of the attacks: “British Muslims are as terrified as British non-Muslims. This is also our country; I understand the anger but please refrain from hatred.”

Muslim taxi drivers were also praised for helping victims and concert-goers following the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

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In a statement about the attack, the London Mayor Sadiq Khan expressed his shock, and said he was “furious furious that these twisted and cowardly terrorists deliberately targeted innocent Londoners and visitors to our city.

“I condemn these terrorists in the strongest possible terms. They are barbaric cowards and there is absolutely no justification for their evil and unforgivable actions.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims and everyone caught up in this horrific attack.”

A spokesperson for the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organization based in Manchester, echoed the London mayor’s sentiments, and said “real Muslims” were fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan, and praying in mosques across the country.

“[They were] not killing innocent people, these crimes sicken our community,” they added.

“It is no longer good enough for us to offer condemnation and solidarity, we need to confront this twisted evil ideology which distorts and lies about Islamic teachings.

“Firstly as a parent and human being my heart goes out to the victims, I cannot imagine their pain and anguish. Secondly as British Muslims we stand resolutely in support of our Police and Intelligence Agencies in confronting this evil.

“The terrorists and the far right have one thing in common and that is to divide communities, create friction, mayhem and chaos. We must not allow them to succeed.

“From my home city of Manchester to London I offer our condolences, prayers and love. Our country will never be defeated by such barbaric crimes.

“Finally I promise this, we in the Ramadhan Foundation will not stop our work against terrorism and their twisted ideology no matter what the risks.”