A vigil was held in Leeds to show solidarity with the victims of the Westminster terror attack one week ago today.
The event took place outside the Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, and was attended by more than 20 people from different faith groups.
Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held up a sign that read “Love for all, hatred for none.”
Speeches were made by Reverend Canon Sam Corley, senior priest at Leeds City Team, Rabbi Jason Kleiman from the Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue and Imam Qari Asim from Makkah Masjid. There was also a two-minute silence to commemorate those who had lost their lives during the attack.
Imam Qari Asim said that the event was to show support for all those who were affected by the Westminster attack.
He said: “Today is the seventh day anniversary of the horrific attack at Westminster. We have all come together to show solidarity for the victims and also for those who have been tormented by the attack. We stand shoulder to shoulder to send out a clear message to the attackers that they will not be able to defeat us or divide us.”
Canon Sam Corley said that the pictures of people coming together were the most memorable moments of the event.
He said: “The images from the Westminster attacks of people rushing to help reveals the best of humanity, as well as the worst. Today is simply about maintaining that spirit and coming together in unity, as we seek to live together and work for the greater good of our city and this group.”
Hilary Curwen, 68 who is co-chair at Nisa Nashim, said that her organisation aims to break down barriers between the Muslim and Jewish community and encourage discussion.
She said: “As a member of the Jewish community, I came to stand together with people from other faiths to show that we are stronger than the wicked people who are trying to destroy us. We are a group of Jewish and Muslim women working hard to cross boundaries to get to know other communities better. We also stand together with our Muslim sisters and we want show that we are not just standing by and doing nothing.”
Marvina Newton, 31, CEO at Angel Of Youths said events like this are essential, as it demonstrates the importance of unity during times of conflict.
She said: “As a city that has zero tolerance for discrimination, it’s important to see people from all backgrounds coming today and condemning the attrocity we saw in London. We also want the younger generation to see that this is not Islam and it does not condone this. We need to stand together to fight this atrocity, because it was a lone wolf and that does not reflect all the members of the Muslim community.”
The Westminister attack took place on March 22. More than 50 people were injured and four victims and the attacker died.