Four innocent people died during Wednesday’s terror attack in London, three members of the public killed when Khalid Masood sped along Westminster Bridge and then the stabbing death of Police Constable Keith Palmer when Masood tried to storm the British Parliamentary estate. Now a group of Muslim women in London have finally had enough of the carnage and want to make their feelings known.
The women, all wearing blue as symbol of hope, stood hand-in-hand with others for five minutes at 4pm yesterday in a show of solidarity with the victims of the attack. People from all backgrounds joined in the display that was organized by Women’s March On London.
“The feeling of what happened here on Wednesday was really strong,” said Fariha Khan, 40, a doctor in London. “We thought of the ordinary people who were here and were mown down, standing here like this, it was very overwhelming.” Other Ahmadiyya Muslims joined her on Westminster Bridge in an effort to condemn the attack and show their defiance of extremist Islamic terrorism.
Those same sentiments were shared by Sarah Waseem, 57, who was also present for the event. “When an attack happens in London, it is an attack on me.It is an attack on all of us. Islam totally condemns violence of any sort. This is abhorrent to us.” Fellow Londoner Mary Bennett was also present for a simple reason; to make a small gesture. “I am here to show that in a quiet way we continue to go where we like and do what we like in London. This is my city. It’s a very small gesture but life is made up of small gestures.”
Ayesha Malik, a 34-year-old mother of two, believes that demonstrations such as this are important, as being present shows that people from all walks of life in the city share something in common. “As a visible Muslim I think it was important to show solidarity with the principles that we all hold dear, the principles of plurality, diversity and so on,” adding that the demonstration shows that all people in the city are united in their support of democracy.