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Christians show solidarity with Muslims following Quebec Attack

Fri 03 Feb 2017
By Premier Journalist

Londoners of all faiths have formed a human circle outside a mosque at Friday prayers as a sign of solidarity with Muslims.

The event was organised by groups including the Faith Forum and Christian Muslim Forum as a way to "stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters at this time of international turbulence".

It was in response to a terrorist attack on a mosque in Quebec on Sunday evening in which six Muslims were killed.

A gunman opened fire after entering the mosque before fleeing the scene. He then turned himself into police.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five charges of attempted murder on Monday.

The organisers of the event in London said: "We believe that London stands as one and are determined to work peacefully and constructively to ensure Britain follows an open and diverse path."

The Bishop of Edmonton Rob Wickham was among the Christians at the event at Wightman Road Mosque.

He told London Live: "There are forces at work trying to drive wedges between communities. We want to come together to demonstrate that together we build a strong community.

Rabbi Laura Janklaus said: "We will form a circle during prayers and this circle will ripple out to show that London - and indeed Britain - stands as one."

Imam Ajmal Masroor said: "We're together. We're against bigotry. We're against prejudice. We're against all sorts of discrimination. The more we do things like this together the more powerful the message becomes."

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