On 28th November 2008, Quilliam issued the following press release:
Unconfirmed reports suggest that several British Muslims took part in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The attacks show that Muslim religious leaders in the UK must not merely condemn terrorism but must also reject and renounce the extreme Islamist ideology behind terror.
Ed Husain, co-director of the Quilliam Foundation, said: “British Muslim leaders need to take their heads out of the sand and begin systematically dismantling the warped theology that has inspired these and other attacks. In particular, so-called community leaders must go further than merely condemning terrorism and start to reject and renounce the extreme Islamist ideology behind terror.
“These attacks should also be a wake-up call for the government. Unless our government is bolder in identifying Islamism as the root cause of extremism, we will only be responding to and not preventing terrorism. Extremist Islamist groups continue to hold events in England and recruit new followers. Radical Islamism has no place in our country.”