Our capital city is again the victim of a terror attack – this time specifically targeting Muslims.
It’s being seen as another attempt to divide our communities and bolster an ‘us vs. them’ mentality in Londoners and around the country.
It came during Ramadan as Muslims worshipping in Finsbury Park were going about their daily lives in the Holy Month of peace, reflection and spirituality. To have that broken by one man using his van to drive into worshippers is abhorrent.
Finsbury Park is proudly multicultural and diverse. It’s an area where people get along and co-exist peacefully, just as it should be. They are in shock at what’s happened in their community.
We’ve seen in the past few months how the amazing people of Britain can come together to help and support those affected by terror. Communities have united to look out for one another, irrespective of faith or ethnicity. In the words of Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered a year ago this week, we have more in common than that which divides us. They are words which now have even more poignancy after the Finsbury attack and a mantra we should all remember this week.
Following this attack, people of all faiths and none are also coming together to reach out and support the British Muslims communities affected. In the wake of horror, the beauty of humanity overrides the hatred of a handful of extremists.
It’s fantastic that we live in a country where diversity is celebrated. Tolerance and mutual respect is a core British value and we recognise the strength of our capital city – and the rest of the country – is in our multi-faith and multicultural society.
Our hearts go out to all those affected in the attack last night. As faith leaders have said, it is an attack on all faiths, on all of us, everybody.
The best way to fight back against this kind of senseless violence is by not allowing ourselves to be divided. We need to get out there and be friends with our neighbours, learn about people who are different to us, realise that Jo Cox was right – we do have more in common than things that makes us different. We are all human beings. We all have the freedom to practice our faith.
We must unite against extremism in whatever form in takes with love, peace and compassion.