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Council, police and faith leaders unite to support Muslim community

They came together for prayers

Council‭, police ‬and ‭‬faith‭‭ ‬leaders‭‭ ‬have attended Leeds Makkah mosque‭ ‬‬prayers‭ ‬‬to demonstrate their support‭ for‭ the‭ ‭‬Muslim community.

Together they presented ‘Turn to Love’ banners and wrote messages of support for the Muslim community.

In a week marked by another act of violence, council and faith leaders wanted to send the message that they and the vast majority in their communities stand with their muslim neighbours against hate, violence and intolerance.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson (L) spoke at the event

They‭ ‬‬call‭ed ‬on‭ ‬members‭ ‬‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬public‭ ‬to visit‭ their‭ ‬local‭ mosques‭ ‬across‭ ‬ ‭ ‬the country to show their support and to demonstrate that we have more in common, taking gifts or messages of support as they do so.

Imam of Makkah Mosque, Qari Asim said:

“We've been experiencing a rise in anti-Muslim hatred; which is affecting the Muslim community.

People have been receiving letters, messages, threats of physical attacks - we saw that manifested last Sunday night.

This weekend we want to show that people of all faiths and none stand with the Muslim community, and that extremists cannot divide us.

Last weekend so many came together across the country for the Great Get Together – showing that we have more in common. This weekend we want to do the same thing – in particular creating opportunity for people to show their support to their Muslim neighbours.

– Imam of Makkah Mosque, Qari Asim

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "I recognise that after recent horrific events in the country many in our communities feel anxious, upset and fearful.

We must not let those who are driven by extreme views and wish to harm us win. By meeting together today and standing side by side I hope that communities can see that we support and care about each other. Together we are stronger, we must not let hate divide us.

– West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins

This was one of the many events to be held around the country this weekend showing solidarity with the Muslim community. The event was supported by the Jo Cox Foundation and others.