Hampshire County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry and Mr Peer Jada Qureshi of the Winchester Muslim Cultural Association have expressed their shared outrage at the bomb atrocity in Manchester earlier this week, and send their condolences and sympathy to the bereaved families, and those who have been injured.
Peer-Jada Qureshi said: “The Quran eloquently and powerfully explains that taking one innocent life is like taking the life of all humanity, and saving one innocent life is like saving the whole of humanity. As a British Muslim and lawyer, I think we must all stand together to uphold these universal principles of life.”
Councillor Perry and Mr Qureshi were the founding co-chairmen of Hampshire’s Interfaith Network, which promotes mutual understanding between people of faith.
Councillor Perry said: “In Hampshire, as in England as a whole, we are fortunate to enjoy good intercommunity relations and all decent people of all faiths and none, condemn attacks on innocent people and children. Our reaction in Hampshire will be to continue to develop and extend those good relations we enjoy between our faith communities.”
Hampshire County Council which held its Annual General Meeting this week (Thursday 25 May), broke off its meeting at 11.00am to stand for a minute in silence to remember those killed and injured in Manchester.
Councillor Perry had previously sent a letter to the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman expressing the sympathy of the people of Hampshire to all in Manchester that night who had suffered from the attack, and offering any practical assistance, that might be needed.