Remembering the first anniversary of the London bombings

07 Jul 2006

The Muslim Council of Britain and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have issued a joint statement ahead of the first anniversary of the London bombings on 7 July when four suicide bombers struck in central London killing 52 people and injuring more than 770. The co-ordinated attacks hit the transport system towards the end of the morning rush hour.

The statement reads:

‘On the first anniversary of the explosions in London on 7 July 2005 we remember all those caught up in the events of that traumatic day and recall that the scriptures and traditions of both the Muslim and Christian communities repudiate the use of violence.

Our sympathy goes to all whose lives were changed by the explosions on the Underground and on the bus in Tavistock Square. We remember those who continue to feel the deep pain of losing family and friends; we remember those who were injured and traumatized by dealing with the events and those whose way of life changed that day. We give thanks for those who continue to work for health and healing of individuals and communities.

The attacks had ripples of effect far beyond London. The crisis challenged us to affirm our common humanity and strengthened our determination to live together in peace. We commend people of faith in many communities who responded to the crisis and calmed potentially volatile situations.

We continue to resist all attempts to associate our communities with the hate filled acts of any minority who claim falsely to represent us. We look to all community leaders to give an example showing wisdom and a sense of justice.

One year on from the explosions we call on Christians and Muslims to strengthen existing links and to find ways to cooperate to create a society where all people can live together with justice and mutual respect.’

The statement was issued by Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain and the Revd Bob Fyffe, general secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.