Muslim leaders talk to EDL

Muslim leaders at York Mosque invited members of the English Defence League (EDL) in to talk over a cup of tea after receiving threats in the wake of soldier Lee Rigby's death.

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Muslim leaders invite EDL protestors in for tea

A mosque in York has dealt with a potentially volatile demonstration involving supporters of the English Defence League - by inviting those taking part in the protest in for tea and biscuits.

Officials at the mosque in Bull Lane received a number of messages thought to be from the far-right group which warned of a protest outside the building following the murder of drummer Rigby last week.

However, after members of the group accepted an invitation into the mosque, tensions were rapidly defused.

Picture courtesy of York Press

Archbishop speaks of York Mosque's EDL invitation

The Archbishop of York, Doctor John Sentamu has responded after York Mosque invited members of the English Defence League (EDL) in to talk over a cup of tea after receiving threats in the wake of soldier Lee Rigby's death.

What a fantastic response the York Mosque has made to the threat of a protest by the EDL! Tea, biscuits, and football are a great and typically Yorkshire combination when it comes to disarming hostile and extremist views. I hope and pray that the conversation that began on Saturday at York Mosque will mean that people stop jumping to alarmist conclusions. What happened outside Woolwich Barracks is abhorrent to us all. It is vital that people of all religions and none stand together against extremist violence, wherever it may be.

– Dr John Sentamu
National

Muslim leaders invite EDL members in for talks

Muslim leaders at York Mosque invited members of the English Defence League (EDL) in for talks after receiving threats in the wake of soldier Lee Rigby's death.

Imam Abib Salik, York Mosque Credit: Daybreak

Speaking to Daybreak Imam Abib Salik said they had a "good response" from both EDL members and members of the local community.

He said: "What it really symbolises is the fact that many of the supporters said that the views of certain groups like the EDL are not the views of everyone and at the same time we said the actions of certain individuals are not representative of the Muslim community as a whole."