Muslim leaders have welcomed the conviction of controversial cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri for inciting murder and stirring up racial hatred.
Many UK Muslims feel Abu Hamza has shamed their community
Prominent British Muslim Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui described Abu Hamza as "an embarrassment to the Muslim community" of this country.
He was an "arrogant, illiterate person, with no knowledge of Islam", he said.
But the chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Massoud Shadjareh, said Abu Hamza had been "demonised".
He said: "We are not surprised by the verdict. We were quite concerned that it would be difficult to get a different verdict because of the demonisation that took place before the hearing.
"He was demonised as the man with a hook or with one eye in a pantomime-like fashion."
Mr Shadjareh said the conviction of Abu Hamza, coming as it did only days after BNP leader Nick Griffin was acquitted of two charges of using words intended to stir up racial hatred, might increase the perception in the Muslim community that freedom of speech was selective.
"This is not to say that Abu Hamza was not a controversial figure within the Muslim community but it does suggest that controversial figures in one community might get treated differently than others," he added.
'Justice has been done'
But Imam Sajid, formerly of the Brighton Mosque, said justice had been done and a criminal had been exposed.
Imam Sajid, who knows Abu Hamza, told the BBC the conviction sent a clear signal.
"We don't want hate preachers on our soil in Britain, we want to deal with them robustly," he said.
"He has nothing to do with the majority of British Muslims who are not only law abiding but also peaceful-loving Muslims," he said.
The trustees of the Finsbury Park Mosque, where Abu Hamza preached until 2003, said they could not comment on the case.
But Mohammed Kozbar, secretary of the trustees, said the congregation had grown since Abu Hamza had left and they often had meetings with other faiths.
Asmahl Masoor, from the Islamic Society of Britain, who works at the north London mosque said it was a better place without Abu Hamza.
'Speaking up for oppressed'
"That mosque - where I also lead prayer now once a month - has become a more inspiring and more inclusive community centre than ever before.
"More people are coming in, they feel more confident. What we are seeing very clearly is we will not tolerate Muslims or non-Muslims - anyone creating division or racial hatred between ourselves."
But a worshipper at the Finsbury Park Mosque, Omar Faruk, said Islam allowed for people to fight against foreign oppression in Muslim countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan and he defended Abu Hamza's right to speak up on behalf of oppressed Muslims.
"People like Abu Hamza, they don't mess about, they tell you what's in the Koran. He's been held accountable for what's in the Koran," he said.
But Muslim Labour MP Shahid Malik said it was a "great day for British justice".
"But we've got to ask ourselves, we've got a legal system that has allowed this man to say what he's been saying for the best part of 10 years.
"One thing is clear, we need tougher legislation, that will enable the police to work quicker."