Hundreds gather for anti-terrorism rally by Muslims in Sheffield

A huge crowd gathered for the anti-terrorism rally outside Sheffield City Hall
A huge crowd gathered for the anti-terrorism rally outside Sheffield City Hall
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Muslims today gathered in Sheffield to condemn the 'barbaric' terrorists who took innocent lives in Manchester and London.

Hundreds of people congregated outside Sheffield City on Saturday afternoon to pay their respects to those killed in the recent atrocities.

Speakers condemned the 'barbaric' and 'cowardly' terrorist attacks

Speakers condemned the 'barbaric' and 'cowardly' terrorist attacks

Speakers at the vigil called on communities to pull together in the wake of the attacks and spread the message that Islam is a peaceful religion with no connection to the perpetrators.

They also urged everyone to work with the authorities to 'root out this evil' by reporting any concerns about extremism in their in their midst.

Molana Shoaib Desai, Imam of Yorkshire Muslim Academy, told those assembled: "During this very emotional time, our prayers, our solidarity, our sympathy and our empathy lies with the ones who have lost their very valuable and precious lives, and also with those who have lost their beloved ones...

"These terrorist attacks are carried out by a handful of so-called Muslims but the reality is we Muslims, 99.999 per cent of the Muslims of this country, we recognise these attacks as extremely barbaric, as extremely inhumane, totally anti-Islamic and totally anti-Quranic."

Men, women and children from the Muslim community and from other backgrounds turned out to show their solidarity with the victims of the attacks and their loved ones.

Speakers encouraged them to make it their mission to educate people about the true nature of Islam and its peaceful message.

They praised the Know Your Neighbour campaign, being run by The Star and Link FM, as a great way to bring communities closer and show people what 'ordinary Muslims on the streets' are really like.

Ahmed Hidabi, president of the South Yorkshire Muslim Association of Britain, said: "Muslims everywhere are disgusted by these cowardly acts, which are carried out to spread fear and hatred, and to divide communities...

"Now is the time for communities to come together and show that such attacks cannot overcome our care and compassion for each other."

The rally was held in response to the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London which killed 30 people, including Sheffield woman Kelly Brewster.

It was organised by Sheffield Community Stands United Against Terrorism - a collective of members of the Pakistan Muslim Centre, Imams and community leaders.