Assalamu alaykum, May the peace and blessings of God be with you,
On the 3rd April, Muslims across the UK were threatened by a letter encouraging UK’s non-muslim residents to be punished based on a point scoring system. Well, it didn’t quite go as planned. On the contrary, thousands of people came together to show solidarity with the Muslims. Across the UK today we saw marches opposing this disgusting letter, we saw human chains being formed around mosques at prayer times and we saw members of the public offering to walk with vulnerable Muslims.
At times like this I feel proud to say that I am a British Muslim. It is days like today that prove to the extremists both ISIS like and Britain First like that no matter how much hatred they spread we the British citizens will not be divided but rather times like this will only bring us closer. We do not know for sure who was responsible for the letter but I’m sure they are regretting their decision now. Not only did they bring communities closer but they were responsible for numerous friendships being formed between the Muslims and non-Muslim communities.
In Canterbury, CANDIFA and EMIC both came to the Mosque to show support to local Muslims and to say #westandtogether. This was a beautiful gesture as despite there not being a real threat in Kent, it is nice to know that we, the Canterbury Muslims, are being supported in Canterbury. On behalf of all the Muslims in Canterbury we would like to say a massive thank you to Mike and the members of CANDIFA and EMIC.
We would also like to thank Kent police and UKC campus security for helping to monitor the Univeristy and Mosque area to allow Muslims to feel comfortable whilst walking around.
Canterbury has always been a very tolerant place to live in and we hope that the Mosque can benefit the wider community whenever possible. We are still building new relationships on a daily basis with several organisations and we aim to build upon them. If you would like to know more about us then please visit contact us page.