It certainly shocked, but did not surprise.
The London bombings on July 7, and the second attempt a fortnight later, were deplorable acts of insanity that devastated us all.
The attacks were also what Britons had always feared and many expected, especially after the appalling events in New York, Bali and Madrid. As the latest blasts in Sharm el-Sheikh also prove, terrorists can strike at any moment in any place - and Muslims are not safe either.
However, whilst people may accept Islam as a peaceful, loving and tolerant religion, the question still being asked is what moves a minority to such evil?
Various reasons have been cited, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Western culture, the treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees, Palestine and - perhaps more popularly - the virgins in Paradise.
But there is a very different cause, much less apparent, yet deeply entrenched in the extremists' psyche, that may be ultimately responsible and its connection is with Jesus.
Muslims, like Christians, expect Christ to revisit Earth, a belief based on prophecies contained in their sacred scriptures. Yet the image of the returning Messiah, as painted by certain mullahs, would even send a shiver down George Bush's spine.
According to their view, when the Prophet of Israel reappears, he will carry a sword, smash every crucifix in his sight and kill anyone rejecting Islam. The vision of an insuperable, global Islamic state will then finally be realised.
To all who know and love Jesus, as one who personified love and forgiveness, the very thought is an insult, as well as founded on a gross misreading of texts.
To the young and impressionable, though, it can be an attractive and exciting concept.
How has this twisted understanding found its way into mainstream Muslim thought? Furthermore, how are such a vast number of clerics, clearly devoid of proper learning, able to enjoy so much influence within so-called orthodox communities?
Perhaps the root of the problem lies in the absence of any single, central authority for Muslims to which imams can be held accountable.
Peace, unity and progress among Muslims - and with it the defeat of fanatical elements - are indeed possible, but depend on a single personality leading them.
There must always be hope, particularly as the Prophet Muhammad assured the ummah that after his death, in every generation, God would appoint a divinely-inspired reformer, whom Muslims themselves would have to recognise.
The challenge of identifying this unique figure, in such a divided and diverse ummah, is indeed a mighty one. But rather than flying straight to the Middle East, Asia or Africa to find him, many Muslims seem to be heading for Putney instead.
That is where Mirza Masroor Ahmad, already the supreme head of an international Muslim body and spiritual mentor to millions, presently lives. Elected leader of the Ahmadiyya Community two years ago, he travels extensively around the world, meeting with thousands of Muslims as well as prominent political and religious figures to work for harmony.
Under his guidance, the Ahmadis have been the most dynamic movement in Islam with 200 million followers in more than 175 countries, despite being formed just over a century ago.
Regrettably, his access to most Muslim countries is restricted, owing to Ahmadis being ostracised and persecuted in Pakistan, Bangladesh and several Arab countries. Their crime? Rejecting belief in a vicious and violent Jesus and instead believing the community's 19th Century founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, to be his spiritual second coming.
Irrespective of whether their claims are true, Ahmadis remain the only body of Muslims anywhere with the leadership, identity and direction which the rest of the Islamic world yearns.
* Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi is General Secretary of the Birmingham East Ahmadiyya Muslim Association.