Bradford vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings sends message of hope, unity
The vigil in Bradford was more than an expression of grief; it was a call to action to end Islamophobia.
The world is still reeling from the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 by a right-wing white supremacist, that left 50 dead and more than 40 injured.
On Saturday, a vigil was held at the Bradford Legion. Residents and representatives of all faiths came together to show solidarity and support for the Muslim community, and to mourn.
Dignitaries included MP Scot Davidson, MPP Caroline Mulroney, Bradford Mayor Rob Keffer, East Gwillimbury Mayor Virginia Hackson, and visiting Imam at the Bradford Islamic Centre, Shariq Khan.
They were joined by the pastors of several local churches, and Zulfiqar Ali of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, in an ecumenical afternoon of prayer, that began with a reading of the Qu’ran by Muso Deo of the Bradford Islamic centre.
“Standing united in general but especially at times like these speaks volumes. It speaks to the truth of us all being the same at the core – peace-loving individuals, looking simply to live their lives,” said Ahmadiyya Muslim community representative Zulfiqar Ali. He invited all residents to meet their “Muslim neighbours and friends,” by visiting a mosque, “to dispel misconceptions and build bridges.”… read more at source.
About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
Ahmadi Muslims are those who believe in the Promised Messiah His Holiness Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani (as). Founded in 1889, this Community spans more than 212 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. It is the leading Islamic organisation to categorically reject terrorism in every form. It advocates for universal human rights and protection for all religions and even atheists. It champions empowerment and education of women. Its members are among the most law-abiding, peaceful, educated and engaging Muslims in the world – striving to spread peace.
Motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: Love for All, Hatred for None
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