In the midst of the confusion and terror after a van ran down Muslims leaving a mosque in London, the driver of the van was pulled out and pushed to the sidewalk where people started to beat him. Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, of the Muslim Welfare House, stepped in and stopped them, protecting the suspect until police arrived. He is quoted as having said, “You do not touch him.”
He is being hailed as a hero as his actions prevented an escalation of violence. According to CNN, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, praised his actions saying that “the imam’s actions in ‘calming things down’ were ‘what I’d expect from a good faith leader, from a good Muslim leader.'”
Despite what many people believe, the Muslim faith is one that preaches peace and is non-violent. It is the extremists that bring attention to themselves, but they do not represent the vast majority of Muslims.