Mosques have come in the firing line for not doing enough to root out extremists. The fact is there is very little they can do.

Most mosques continue to be run by community volunteers and they are, most importantly, open to all.

Anyone from the neighbourhood can walk into any mosque to pray. No mosque can bar anyone from praying and mosques are not, as some describe, ‘breeding grounds for extremism.'

So when a terrorist attended a particular mosque it was probably because it was convenient for him rather than an institution which had sympathy for his views.

Mosques may well be male dominated institutions with few facilities for females but conveyor belts for extremist ideology– no.

As Britain comes to terms with another brutal attack on its soil the attention turns to the role of mosques and how they can combat extremism.

The fact is that mosques already silence any voices of discontent within their crowds.

More importantly each mosque is likely to ensure that it does not allow any form of violent extremist ideology to rear its ugly head within their attendees. It is challenged and questioned by other attendees.

Mosques will continue to cater for their specific communities. How can an organisation be blamed when, on the whole, all it does is provide a service for people to pray?

To suggest that mosques are in some way ‘spreading hatred and radicalism’ is clear evidence that you have very little grasp of the situation and what actually takes place in mosques.

In fact most mosques have modernised and are keen to open their arms to the wider community, something that was unheard of many years ago.

There is, however, something the Muslim community needs to be more aware of. Mosques play host to madrassahs.

Your children attend these madrassahs on a daily basis and whilst most do nothing else but to promote Islamic teachings we are well aware some teachers are keen to share their anti-British thoughts to young impressionable minds.

We will ignore this issue at our peril.