Only Muslim survivor of 7/7 says we must stand together against Islamophobia

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The only Muslim survivor of the 7/7 terror attack in London is calling for unity in the face of increasing Islamophobia.

Sajda Mughal was 22-years-old and travelling on the Piccadilly Line when four coordinated bombs were detonated by suicide bombers - including one on the train she was one.

Now she says we should stand together against Islamophobia in the same way people did against terrorism a decade ago.

Since the bombings Mrs Mughal says she has received death threats and online abuse and that she is not alone with similar abuse received by her friends, family and colleagues.

She says even to this day she still gets terrible nightmares and flashbacks.

Mrs Mughal, now a mother-of-two from Wood Green in north London, vividly remembers the sense of relief she felt when a distant voice called "it's police, we're coming to get you" while she sat in shock on the bombed out Tube carriage.

I still remember 7/7 like it was yesterday.

Sajda Mughal, 7/7 survivor
The walking wounded leaving Edgware Road tube station Credit: PA

After surviving the attack which killed 52 people, she left her job in the City and joined the north London-based Jan Trust to teach Muslim mothers about the dangers of radicalisation.

But over the last decade she says she has seen an increase in Islamphobioa with attacks on women wearing the veil, vandalism of homes, discrimination in applying for jobs and bullying in schools.

She also points to the recent trending hashtag "Kill All Muslims" as an example of how widespread it has become.

Flowers placed on the King's Cross Station sign as a mark of respect to the victims of the July 7 bomb blasts Credit: PA

When we speak to young Muslims they tell us they are experiencing a rise in Islamophobia and they are feeling disconnected from society because of that.

Sajda Mughal