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'Not In My Name!' - interfaith community march in Newbury

Priest and Imam side by side to condemn Westminster terror attack

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'Not In My Name!' - interfaith community March in Newbury

A MULTI-faith event to condemn last month's Westminster terror attack was held in Newbury town centre today (Wednesday).

The event, under the banner 'Not In My Name,' was organised by Newbury Mosque and Muslim Youth Group (MYG) to show solidarity with the bereaved and to remember those who were killed and injured.

Marchers walked from the mosque in Pound Street to Newbury Town Hall at 2pm.

A minute's silence for the victims of the attack - PC Keith Palmer, Kurt Cochran, Aysha Frade, and Leslie Rhodes - and a laying of flowers followed at 2.40pm. 

Prayers led by Imam Mobasshir Mushtaq and the Rev David McLeod from St Mary’s Church in Greenham were followed by speeches from local Muslim leaders, Newbury MP Richard Benyon and the mayor of Newbury, Julian Swift-Hook.

The attack was carried out by Khalid Masood, who drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into railings outside the Palace of Westminster on March 22. 

Masood then ran through the palace gates and stabbed PC Palmer before being shot by police.

A spokesman for Newbury's mosque congregation, Lucky Nizami, spoke from the town hall steps, telling those present: "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones in Westminster - heart and soul, we feel for the families.

"These were not the actions of a Muslim but an act of a terrorist who does not believe in God or humanity. We are British; we are British Muslims. And no one will take that away from us."

He added: "We stand side by side with the wider community; we are one."

Imam Mushtaq said: "We strongly condemn these acts of violence by some individual claiming to be acting in the name of Islam. We love our neighbours, we must love the whole of humanity and live in harmony with our neighbours of all faiths.

"By coming together here we're sending a message to the wider community that we won't be divided by acts of violence."

Newbury mayor Julian Swift-Hook said: "Not in my name and not in our name. This is a gesture of community solidarity in Newbury. There's strength in diversity as today shows. Those who seek to disrupt our way of life won't succeed."

Newbury MP Richard Benyon, who was in the House of Commons when the attack took place, said: "We have a thriving civic society here in Newbury and the fact that different faiths and different communities have come together like this sends a message to those who would seek to divide us."

Wreaths were laid on the town hall steps and those gathered observed a minute's silence for the victims.

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  • Mobasshir

    10/04/2017 - 16:04

    We are all Humans. Humanity is what brings us together. We should respect each other (I am saying this to myself), respect each other's faith and learn to live in harmony with each other. People who commit barbaric acts such as the one in Westminster London has no place in any religion. If a driver makes a mistake or blunder you can not blame the manufacturer of the car. Let us hop and pray there are more people behave humanly, it will make the world a lot nicer.

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  • dazzer

    06/04/2017 - 16:04

    Not in their name but it's in Allah's and Muhammad's - Verse after verse in the Koran and Sunna commands death to the Kafir (Non Muslims) Read the Koran and the Sira of Muhammad - It orders Muslims to obey and emulate him as they consider him the perfect model of Humanity - He was a warlord, Murderer, slave trader and had sex with those slaves...He also tried to have sex with his 6 year old wife but only managed it when she was 9. Look up Koran verse 5.33 for one example & 9.20 for Allah's orders...Muhammad orders.....Book 1, Number 31 (From the Mouth of Mohammed) "I have been ordered to wage war against mankind until they accept that there is no god but Allah and that they believe I am His prophet and accept all revelations spoken through me. When they do these things I will protect their lives and property unless otherwise justified by Islamic law, (Sharia Law) in which case their fate lies in Allah's hands." Keeping in mind that the goal of EVERY MUSLIM on the planet is to be JUS

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  • DonCossack

    06/04/2017 - 12:12

    These Muslims don't do it because of religion but because of the politics of the region. They shout Allahu akhbar in a kind of justification of their actions but not the reasoning for them. They don't hate Americans because Allah told them too but rather because they've been dropping bombs on them for years. But no-one ever actually listens to the terrorists.

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    • dazzer

      06/04/2017 - 22:10

      You really have no idea what you are talking about...Its all in the Koran - Allah does hate the disbelievers - Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" The Koran is full of hate and commands of violence like this but you have never read it. Jihad started over 1400 years ago. Tell me when Kenya and Nigeria has dropped bombs on anybody Islamic? - All you have is opinions - All Muslims are Jihadists!

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  • Ajwatson

    06/04/2017 - 00:12

    I had an imaginary friend once.

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