Wolverhampton and Birmingham vigils held for victims of Westminster terror attack

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A peaceful vigil was held in Wolverhampton today in memory of those killed and injured in the London terror attack. It was followed by a peace rally in Birmingham this afternoon.

Members of the Wolverhampton branch of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held the 30-minute event outside the Civic Centre to unite against terrorism, extremism and hatred.

A minute’s silence was held before Toby Ephram, president of pan-African Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, began proceedings.

He said: “This individual who committed these atrocious acts has left families devastated.

“We want people to see that Islam is full of peace and this is what we promote.

“We condemn extremists. They are not part of us.”

Colourful banners were displayed in protest by members of the group, with the slogans ‘Love for all hatred for none’.

Mohammed Yaseen Khan, who is president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Wolverhampton, said: “The attack in London three days ago, in which innocent and defenseless people were targeted including a serving police officer, was completely abhorrent and cruel in the extreme.

“It is now up to all Muslims and people of all faiths 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.”

A peaceful prayer concluded the vigil, before leaflets were handed out to passers by to promote the work of the organisation.

This afternoon Muslim faith leaders have led a peace rally in Birmingham following the terror attack.

More than 200 people turned out in Victoria Square, holding banners that read “Not in our name – Muslims oppose Isis”, in an event organised by Birmingham Central Mosque.People take part in a #NotInOurName public rally against terrorism organised by members of the Muslim community in Victoria Square, Birmingha

Surrounded by civic and multi-faith religious leaders, Dr Waqar Azmi told the crowd: “For too long, we’ve had terrorist and extremists in all communities, in Muslim and non-Muslim, who try to define us.

“The figures of far-right extremists do not define the British values that we hold.

“Those people who are Daesh and Isis do not define the values that Muslims would hold.”We refuse now to allow them to misrepresent us, and refuse now to allow them to define us.

“Because we are defined by a shared value of love thy neighbour.”

Henna Rai, founder of Women Against Radicalisation Network (WARN), said: “Like so many others, I felt compelled to come to this important event in Victoria Square.

“What happened in London was an appalling act, carried out by a pathetic individual. It was an indiscriminate attack on innocent people that sought to turn communities against one another.

“By standing together with people of all faiths and none, to reject hatred in all its forms, will we show terrorists and extremists that they can never divide us, they can never break our communities, and they can never win.”

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