Carrying ‘We Love Manchester’ signs, hundreds of British Muslims families on Friday marched with their children to “show their revulsions” for the senseless Manchester attack which occurred last week and killed 22 people, injuring many more. At the end of the three-mile walk, the Muslim-marchers were joined by non-Muslim friends and neighbors, and together they held vigil and laid flowers outside Manchester Arena.
Jamia Mosque organized the march to show their disgust at the actions of the bomber and show their support for the victims. Moin Azmi, spokesman for the mosque, said: “It was really good to see people driving past supporting us. That’s the image we want to show – that we are a part of society campaigning against the terrorist…. The children were more upset this time because other children had been killed. Children were killed when they should have been having fun. It’s such an important age for them. We want them to know they are on the right side of what’s been going on.”
Imam Arshad Misbahi said: “This peace walk shows our feelings towards the atrocity….It was against the teachings of Islam… We feel as a Mosque we have to unite and show our sympathy for the lives that have been lost.”