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Ramadhan Foundation: We still have work to do

The leader of a prominent Muslim organisation set up a month after the 7/7 attacks to campaign against terrorism and prevent radicalisation says there is still work to do, ten years after the attacks.

Mohammed Shafiq from the Ramadhan Foundation was in London on the day of the bombings and said he "saw the best of London, people of all faiths coming together in unity to send a defiant message to the terrorists that you may wish to divide our communities but you will fail and they did indeed fail".

Today ten years on from the 7/7 terrorist attacks we remember all those killed and injured and their loved ones. They were killed by evil men who were driven by hate and a poisonous ideology, which has distorted Islamic teachings. British Muslims stood with the victims on that day and do so again today; we reject this terrorism and ideology and commit ourselves to work with all to protect the safety and security of our country and fellow citizens. The terrorists were not acting in the name of Islam, their crimes are an affront against our peaceful religion and Muslim scholars from around the globe have rejected this ideology.

Sadly we still have more work to do, there are too many young people being groomed by ISIS online and in recent days more families choosing to put their own and their children’s safety at risk by travelling to Syria. We need to engage young people, give them a voice and hear what it is that drives them to carry out this violence. Not to do this or ignoring young people will not help us defeat this ideology. As British Muslims, we stand with the Police and intelligence agencies for the hard work they are doing to protect our nation and stand ready to help them.

– Mohammed Shafiq, Ramadhan Foundation


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Cameron: Terror threat still 'as real as it is deadly'

The wreckage of a bomb attack on the number 30 bus in Tavistock Square on 7 July 2005. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned that the threat from terrorism remains "as real as it is deadly", as the UK marks ten years since bomb attacks killed 52 people in London.

In a statement, the Prime Minister - who will attend services across the capital later - called the attacks "one of the deadliest terrorist atrocities on mainland Britain".

He added that the recent murder of 30 "innocent Britons" in Tunisia was a "brutal reminder" of the threat still faced, adding: "But we will never be cowed by terrorism."

We will keep on doing all that we can to keep the British public safe, protecting vulnerable young minds from others’ extremist beliefs and promoting the shared values of tolerance, love and respect that make Britain so great.

– David Cameron


Leeds faith leader joins 7/7 survivors for memorial walk

The Imam of Leeds' largest mosque has joined survivors of the 7/7 London terror attacks, plus leaders from the main faiths, to honour the 52 people killed almost ten years ago.

Imam Qari Asim walked with Christian and Jewish leaders toTavistock Square, where a bomb destroyed a bus in 2005.

Four suicide bombers from West Yorkshire exploded their devices on the transport system, bringing carnage to the capital.

Imam Asim said it was important to send out a message of solidarity with the victims of 7/7.

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7/7 survivor visits attack sites ahead of anniversary

A woman who lost both her legs in the 7/7 London bombings will be joined by faith leaders today to retrace where the devastating bombings took place nearly 10 years ago.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Imam Qari Asim, 7/7 survivor Gill Hicks and reverend Bertrand Olivier Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Gill Hicks is walking from King's Cross to Tavistock Square alongside the religious leaders in a "moment of quiet remembrance" to pay tribute to the 52 people who died.

She will carry a floral tribute reading "Together" along with Imam Qari Asim, of Leeds' largest mosque Makkah Masjid, the Rev Bertrand Olivier, vicar of All-Hallows-by-the-Tower in the City of London, and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, from Movement for Reform Judaism.

My life and those around me changed forever on July 7 2005. I believe in the power and brilliance of humanity - my life was saved by strangers, people who never gave up, people who risked their own lives to save mine.

To them, I was a precious human life - my rescue wasn't dependent on my faith, my colour, my gender or wealth.

– Gill Hicks

Bisexual man facing deportation awaits decision on judicial review

A bisexual man from Jamaica will hear today whether his application to stay in England will get a judicial review.

Orashia Edwards, left Credit: Orashia Edwards

Orashia Edwards, who started his campaign to stay in Leeds last year, fears that he could be persecuted because of his sexual orientation if he returns to Jamaica.

He will travel from his home in Leeds to London today for the hearing.

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Galloway released from hospital after attack

Controversial MP George Galloway has been released from hospital after he was battered and bruised in a street attack, police have said.

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The pro-Palestine MP suffered a suspected broken jaw and rib as well as facial bruising when a man leapt at him and punched him after shouting about the Holocaust, his spokesman said.

A 39-year-old man arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm remained in police custody, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

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