The remembrance gathering attracted hundreds of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), the UK’s largest Muslim Youth organisation, including young Muslims from the Islamabad community in Sheephatch Lane, Tilford, many of whom are trainee Imams.
They held banners carrying slogans such as ‘Love for all, Hatred for none’ and ‘Muslims for humanity’, and wore t-shirts with ‘I am a Muslim – Ask me anything’ printed on them, inviting the general public to share their thoughts and concerns about Islam.
Imam Farhad Ahmad, a member of the AMYA said: “’By turning out in such large numbers, we Ahmadi Muslims hope to demonstrate the true, peaceful teachings of Islam and the commitment of British Muslims to peace and harmony.
“The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing of God be on him, called on Muslims to be loyal to their nations and to always treat all people, of all backgrounds, with equal love and humanity
’”With our tee-shirts, we hope to engage with the general public and foster greater unity through open and honest dialogue. We want to show people the peaceful Islam that we follow and denounce the perverted version of Islam promoted by hate preachers.”