SHAFAQNA – Members of a Perth Muslim congregation took to the CBD on the weekend to condemn last week’s terror attacks in Manchester.
Imam Kamran Tahir and members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim congregation stood in the middle of the Murray Street mall on Saturday wearing T-shirts that read “I’m a Muslim. Ask me anything”.
Mr Tahir said the actions of suicide bomber Salman Abedi — who killed 22 and injured at least 119 during an Ariana Grande concert— was totally contradictory to the teachings of Islam.
“It was heartbreaking for us to see in the name of our faith that this atrocity was happening and that beloved human beings were unfortunately being killed in the name of Islam,” he said.
“It was essential to show that we stand shoulder to shoulder with the people who mourned the unfortunate deaths of those who lost their lives in Manchester.”
Mr Tahir said the response from members of the public was overwhelmingly positive.
“A lot of the people walking past were giving us hugs, high-fiving us, shaking our hands and really appreciating what we are doing.
“Of course, you had the odd one or two who didn’t like what we had to say but the majority were really appreciative.”
When asked if he could teach the Perth public a single message, Mr Tahir said it would be that Islam teaches love for all and hatred for none.