Watford Muslims joined thousands of people on Westminster Bridge to pay their respects to the four people who were killed in last week’s terror attack.
At 2.40pm on Wednesday, a week after Khalid Masood killed three pedestrians and stabbed PC Keith Palmer to death, crowds fell silent.
Members of the Watford Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community were among the crowds, wearing t-shirts emblazoned with, “I’m a Muslim, ask me anything” and holding banners that read “love for all, hatred for none”.
They stood side-by-side with Christian and Jewish faith leaders, tourists, locals and schoolchildren in remembrance of those who died.
The Watford Ahmadiyya Muslim youth leader, Jawad Qamar, said: “It is the responsibility of all Muslims to show the true teachings of Islam which are peace, love, mercy and compassion.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to all the victims and those affected. Our only response to this aggression is to deepen our bond of unity with our country and nation.
“Our motto is ‘love for all and hatred for none’ and we truly believe this encompasses the message of Islam.”
In the days following the attack, the caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmah, also spoke out.
He said: “The terrorist attack in London, in which innocent and defenceless people were targeted, was completely abhorrent and cruel.
“It is up to Muslims to stand up and reject all forms of extremism and terrorism.
“Wherever and whenever such attacks take place they must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”