The terrorists have failed. Not fear but defiance. Not hate but unity. Here in London’s Potters Fields and in Manchester. In Manchester where a young American girl returned to play a concert and stood up for us all.
In London where, at short notice, there were thousands at the Potters Fields vigil.
Muslims came with sympathy and with courage and with confidence in the sanity of Londoners that we would not be perverted by the actions of a few. They held banners and they laid flowers and they were applauded.
Such were the tokens of our defiance and unity.
And the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:-
“London stands in defiance against this cowardly attack and our city and our people and our values and our way of live.
As the mayor of London I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these hideous crimes; we will defeat you. You will not win.
And as a proud and patriotic British Muslim I say this: you do not commit these disgusting acts in my name. Your perverse ideology has nothing to do with the true values of Islam and you will never succeed in dividing our city.
We send our love to the victims’ families and all those injured and we thank our courageous emergency services and the brave Londoners who risked their lives. You are the best of us.
Our city is filled with great sorrow and anger tonight but also great resolve and determination. Because our unity and love will always be stronger than the hate of the extremists.
London will never be broken by terrorism. We will defeat the terrorists.”
And he was applauded.
And I say; London and the UK stand as a beacon of defiance and fair justice and refusal to blame the many for the actions of a few. That is what we are and that is our strength and we shall not fall from that state of being.