As the UK marks the tenth anniversary of the atrocity of the 7/7 bombings in London, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Bradford is offering special prayers in its Al Mahdi mosque for peace in the UK.
Main prayers will be from 10.30pm this evening as the fast of Ramadan is broken, but there will also be a service at 5.30pm at the Al Mahdi Mosque, in Rees Way, Bradford.
Dr Mohammed Iqbal, the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Bradford North, said: “The events of ten years ago were a wake up call for Britain on the threat of radicalisation. Extremists struck at the heart of London, but rather than weakening us they strengthened the resolve of all Londoners and indeed of all Britons.
“We offered a special remembrance service in the wake of 7/7 at our Mosque in Bradford to bring communities together and to show our solidarity as a country.
“Our Caliph, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has delivered countless speeches highlighting the true peaceful teachings of Islam, reminding us of the need for us to strengthen our link with God and to serve mankind.
“As a result our youth have excelled in charity work by raising more than a million pounds for British charities, by planting 100,000 trees to protect our environment and by feeding tens of thousands of homeless people. We believe that such actions ensure that our youth remain engaged in the service of the country and honour those who gave their lives for our freedoms.
“As the country seeks to tackle the issue of radicalisation, our view remains that this needs a collective response from families, faith communities, government and the media. If moderate voices are given a fair hearing and Governments uphold the principle of absolute justice then peace will have a chance. “As we mark this anniversary it is our heartfelt prayer that we never see another 7/7 in London or anywhere in the world.”