As has been pointed out in several places (1, 2, 3), one of the London bombs went off in a predominately Muslim area. There is a war occurring within the Muslim community; there are those who would throw out 1400 hundred years of intellectual history and development and who would bomb the ummah back to the time before the Prophet (PBUH) verse those who believe Islam is a religion that matures by the grace of God, and struggles with His majesty and revelation every day.
I’ve commented before (1, 2, 3) on Muslim-on-Muslim violence. In this instance, I think it’s worth noting that the terrorists in London are targeting Muslims. To me, the reason is simple, they cannot cope with God’s revelation, so their interpretive framework is to deny it and create a religion based on a world-view that is limited to their particular vision of reality. However, they attempt to claim legitimacy from revelation, and can only do so if they remove variations that challenge their vision. If Islam were a monolith, how could these terrorists kill other Muslims? It is not; there is a huge spectrum of interpretation in the Islamic tradition. Ironically, it’s this spectrum that the terrorists deny – something they share in common with Islamophobes. Ignorance produces strange bedfellows indeed.