Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Germany: Ahmadiyya Muslims join hundreds of mourners at memorial service


“Changing ourselves is not the answer – we have to change the terrorists to we are strong. If he does not like the way people live here, just leave the country.”

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: The Independent
By Lizzie Dearden | December 20, 2016

Confusion reigned as Angela Merkel joined hundreds of mourners at a memorial service at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which towers over the market.

Berliners, tourists, Muslims and Jews could all be seen among the crowds braving the freezing cold in a show of defiance against the terror wreaked less than 24 hours before.

Muhammad Asif Sadiq attended the vigil with a group of Ahmadiyya Muslims giving out T-shirts reading “love for all, hate for none” in German.

“We’re here tonight to show our face against terrorism,” he said. “Muslims who live here fight for peace, fight for loyalty and they love their country. We are here as citizens of Berlin and we love living here.”

Mr Sadiq, who is of Pakistani origin, said people had “started looking at foreigners differently” over recent years in Germany but was confident that Berlin would rise above growing anti-migrant sentiment.

“Changing ourselves is not the answer – we have to change the terrorists to we are strong,” he said, adding a message for the attacker: “If he does not like the way people live here, just leave the country.”




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