Wandsworth faith leaders in message of unity

Published: Friday 16th June 17

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia chaired a meeting with local religious leaders earlier this week in which the borough’s faith groups reaffirmed their commitment to promoting tolerance and understanding within the community.

The meeting of the Wandsworth Multi-Faith Group was called following the London Bridge attack, with members keen to demonstrate their unity in the face of terrorism and to send a strong, singular message condemning this tragic incident.

Following the town hall meeting the group issued a joint statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives or were injured in the terrorist incidents over the past month. Our hearts go out to the families and all others affected at this difficult time. We also want to take this opportunity to recognise the many acts of bravery from the community and emergency services that responded to the attack. In the face of adversity, people are able to come together in support and solidarity.

“Terrorism has no place in our society. We at the Wandsworth Multi-Faith Group condemn these acts of violence. The individuals who perpetrated this attack do not belong to any religion, nor do they represent any of our beliefs. Their actions seek to divide us and we must stay united. At this time it is vital that we all work to strengthen our communities by building positive relationships to enable us to deal with these difficult issues.  As a group we will continue to work together to promote tolerance and understanding between different communities in Wandsworth.”

The meeting was attended by Ravi Govindia – Leader of Wandsworth Council, Sharon Coussins - Wimbledon and District Synagogue, Michael Judge and Mr. S.Ashrafi-Tari - Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Wandsworth, Rev. J. McKinney - Holy Trinity Parish Church, Bishop Noel McLean - Yahweh Christian Fellowship and Chair of the Borough Deans, Rev Richard Grocott - The Methodist Church Battersea and Wandle Valley District, Mr F.Valimahomed and Mr U. Valimahomed - Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre, Mr Ajaib S Bahra - General Secretary of Khalsa Centre Gurdwara and Dr M. H Khan - Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK.

Find out more about the Wandsworth Multi-Faith Group on the council website.

The police and council have issued the following safety advice following the attacks on June 3:

  • If you see anything suspicious or you are concerned about someone contact the police on the anti-terrorism hotline: 0800 789 321.
  • In an emergency dial 999 or call 101 to report it to the police
  • If you are a council tenant you can call the housing department’s hate incident line on 020 8871 6829
  • Or report it online by visiting the True Vision website at http://www.report-it.org.uk/

More information on hate crime is available on the council website and the Metropolitan Police website.

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