A community has responded brilliantly after an a mosque was fire-bombed in the wake of the Manchester Arena terror attack.
Dozens of brightly coloured, heart-shaped messages of support have been stuck to the outside of Jamia Qasmia Mosque in Oldham.
It comes after the front door of the Villa Road building was torched by arsonists just hours after the bombing .
Police are looking into the possibility it could be a race hate crime in retaliation to the arena tragedy.
But on Bank Holiday Monday the community responded in the best way possible - by plastering the front door with more than 100 heart-warming, multi-coloured messages of support.
One note in a purple heart read: “I am sorry that your place of worship was targeted by ignorant anger. We do not tolerate Islamophobia - their ignorance does not represent the UK. You are loved XX.”
Another message, signed by Molly Burbridge, said: “We are a city and a country united by love, compassion and understanding so even in our darkest moments love shines through.”
Another message read: “ Manchester is a city of hope , dreams, community, strength, love and humans. Love is on its way.”
One well-wisher simply wrote: “We are family and together we are strong.”
Mosque member Abdul Haque said two teenagers, a boy and a girl, arrived at the Hathershaw mosque at about 2pm and began sticking notes on the door.
Throughout the afternoon dozens more members of the public turned up to post their own messages.
This is just brilliant. I would like to say a big thank you to whoever started it. The story about the arson attack went viral, it was all over the world. So this is really positive and really good for the community - this is what we want to see. The fire bomb was probably the work of one idiot, but this is loads of people saying we do not agree with you. It’s really positive to see. If anyone has a problem they can come into the mosque and speak to us and debate with us. That is the answer, not attacks like this.