London’s Muslims and non-Muslims join hands and gather up at London’s beloved Tower Bridge, to mourn for the brave souls that fell victim to one of the worst kind of violence and terrorism this world has ever seen.
At a vigil ceremony held on June 5, 2017, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan took the stage and shared his deepest condolences for the barbaric act of terrorism that shook Londoners and the Great Britain to its core.
3 madmen inside a white van moved down pedestrians at the London Bridge and started stabbing people mercilessly as they reached the Borough Market. In turn, they took 7 innocent lives, injured as much as 48 people, among which 18 were critically injured. This is the city’s second militant attack within the last 3 months.
Mayor Sadiq Khan breaks all the religious stereotypes in his speech by disassociating religion with such inhuman acts of extremism and shows his utter determination to fight off these fanatics in any way possible.
“As a proud and patriotic British Muslim, I say this: You do not commit these disgusting acts in my name.” He said.
“As the mayor of London, I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these hideous crimes. We will defeat you. You will not win.” Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks up about the incident.
Even though the vigil ceremony reminds us of the scars that those terrorists have left on our innocent faces, there still is a silver lining if only we can see.
Attendees can be witnessed holding signs that say “Love for all, hatred for none”, and “Ireland supports London,” as the great British flag flies and covers almost half of the Tower Bridge.
A group of Muslims can be seen wearing tees that say “I am a Muslim, ask me anything?”
A woman named Jemana who came along with a group of Muslims from a mosque in Northolt wearing colorful dresses and carrying flowers attended the ceremony and said:
“We’ve decided to come from our mosque as a community, to say that none of this that has happened resonates with what we understand as Islam and that we are very sorry for what has happened,” Jemana said. “We’re together, we’re all Londoners, we’re all British.”
The most intriguing and beautiful thing about this ceremony is that despite our religious differences all Muslims and non-Muslims were standing together mourning for the lives lost and condemning the lunatics that commit such atrocious crimes in the name of religion. For a brief couple of moments, everyone set aside their differences and united as humans, as “Londoners”.
Here’s a lesson for every single one of us. We can either let our hatred take the best of us and let those fanatics divide us more on the basis of religion, or we can learn to co-exist, respect each other, and practice the first and foremost religion that God had blessed us with; humanity.
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