The Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets has said that we all need solidarity of our human conscience
in order to come out from the terrorist attack in Paris and the aftermath of it. He also said that,
rather than creating divisions on the basis of religion or colour, we should see terrorists as terrorists.
He said this in a meeting held in his office in a unity meeting held on the recent Paris aftermath. In a
meeting organised by the Mayor, a number of leaders from Muslim, Christian and Jew communities
and local senior police officers took part to express their solidarity.
The new Borough Commander of Metropolitan Police Andrew Young said that the co-operation of
community leaders are very important to face challanges and mentioned that it was very important
for him to come to this meeting with the faith leaders. He assured the leaders that in every
circumstance, police will always be with them.
The Executive Mayor also said that Tower Hamlets always demonstrated its peaceful attitude in any
of the challenging or turbulent situation in Britain or in Europe.
The other speakers mentioned that there is always some extremists in every country and society.
However, the peaceful people are always against it. In a multicultural country like Britain, a real
religious of community leader cannot promote extremism or racism.
Among the speakers who addressed the audience were Inter Forum Chair Father Allan Green,
Council of Mosque Chair Hafeez Shamsul Haque, Executive Director of LMC Dilwar Khan, Jew
Community Leader Leon Silver, prominent Islamic Scholar Mufti Abdul Montaqim, Hindu Community
leader Ram Chandra Shaha, London Citizen Director Neil Jameson and others.
Dilwar Khan said that our prophet was also attacked by other people, he never seek out revenge.
Our scholars has said the same and always asked to counter hatred in a peaceful way.
Leon Silver said, the way the Muslims were tortured or being tortured, Jewish community were
subject of tortured too. However, the more we can be more humane, the more we could come out
from the crisis created on the basis of religious division.
The youth leaders mentioned that people who went astray are now causing trouble. To counter
them, the state, parents and education sectors need to play a more strong role.
The Faith Leaders also said that Prophet Mohammad and many other prophets were subject of
torture and sufferings. But they never seek out revenge. We all need to promote this teaching of
The speakers decided to meet again to focus on maintain peace and harmony and to promote
messages of peace from each religious source.