Friday, March 24, 2017

Ireland: Messages from people at the Trafalgar Square vigil after the Westminster attack


How did he feel about the positive reaction him and the other young Muslim men from his mosque were getting from other mourners?

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK desk
Source/Credit: Independent.ie
By Grace Rahman | March 23 2017

People gathered for a minute’s silence to remember those who died.

People gathered in Trafalgar Square for a vigil to remember the victims of Wednesday’s Westminster attacks.

They lit candles and held a minute’s silence for policeman Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade and Kurt Cochran.

We went to the vigil and asked people why they had come and what message they had for the world after the attack.

Zishan Ahmad, 25, an imam

His message: Love for all hatred for none.

Ahmad is from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, and said their South West London mosque is the biggest in Western Europe.

“That’s our motto,” he said about his message. “We believe that Islam has equality for all races, all religions. We condemn extremism and terrorism, as anyone else would. Our prayers are with the families of those in yesterday’s attack.”

As we spoke, someone draped in a Union Flag stopped to shake his hand.

How did he feel about the positive reaction him and the other young Muslim men from his mosque were getting from other mourners?

“It makes us feel good that we’re portraying the true message of Islam, that is our golden aim and hopefully we will be a step closer to peace in this society,” he said.

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