We are shocked and horrified about yet another terrorist attack in London. As Muslim worshippers stood outside Finsbury Park mosque following taraweeh prayers, they were deliberately struck by a van. One man has died and another ten are injured.
It is truly heartbreaking to see people attacked as they worshipped in what is clearly an Islamophobic hate crime. Crimes of this nature have been on the rise as of late, especially in the wake of the recent terror attacks on Manchester and London. They reveal an upsetting truth: Terrorism affects people of all backgrounds and faiths, and we all need to stand together to wipe out these hateful ideologies.
This was an attack on Muslims during our time of worship. It was also an attack on our streets, on our communities, and on the very tenets that make up our society. The victims of Sunday’s attack were observing Ramadan; a holy month centred on spirituality, self-improvement and reflection. Another important aspect of the month involves reaching out and strengthening community bonds.
This past weekend, people across the country – regardless of their faith – were doing just that as part of the Great Get Together, a nationwide celebration to remember the late MP Jo Cox. The events brought so many people together, creating a real sense of joy and unity.
The feeling was in absolute contrast to the hateful ideology that lead to Jo Cox’s murder; an ideology that is probably shared by the terrorist who took an innocent life on Sunday night. These extremists want to sow seeds of division and disunity. However, we must not allow this to happen – we will not allow hatred to win. Instead, we should all reflect and act on the words of Jo Cox: ‘We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.’
Our prayers and condolences go out to all those affected by Sunday’s attack.
Featured image credit: PA.