‘If we keep united, we can defeat the terrorists’ - Muslim religious leaders stage solidarity event after terror attack
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'Together, we stand united'. That has been the message from Muslim religious leaders in King's Lynn today (Sunday, May 28), who organised a solidarity event in the town centre in response to last week's devastating terrorist attack in Manchester.
Usman Shahzad Butt, an Imam for the region, gave a speech about the importance of solidarity and joining together to defy the terrorists.
And messages for the victims and their families of last Monday's bombing - which killed 22 - were gathered by the organisers. Mr Butt said: 'As Muslims our fundamental duties are to serve God almighty and to serve mankind. We also have a duty to stand against any form of extremism.
'Let us be clear that they are not practicing Islam, rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion.'
Mr Butt said the word Islam literally meant 'peace'.
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Lorne Green, Norfolk's police and crime commissioner, was also there to lend his support.
He said: 'I applaud what's happening here today. It's more important now than ever to be united rather than divided.
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'We have the same coloured blood, we may have different coloured skin, but we are all faithful Britons.'
Usman Chaudhary, regional manager of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK, organised the event along with his father, Ahmad Chaudhary.
Usman Chaudhary, from King's Lynn, said: 'The terrorists are trying to divide us - that's their target.
'But if we keep united and stay strong, we can defeat them.'
Mr Chaudhary said he was pleased with the amount of support they had received for the event.
He said it was vital that people help and support each other in the aftermath of tragic events such as the bombing.
He said: 'We wanted to ask the general public if they would like to write down any messages for the victims as part of that.'
Amber Rudd, home secretary, said today that members of the suicide attacker's circle were 'potentially' unaccounted for, despite optimism that a wave of arrests had quelled further threats.
She also said Islamic State, also known as Daesh, was trying to 'weaponise' young Britons.