A Prayer and Peace vigil took place on Saturday 23 March, at 2pm in Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking, for the victims of the recent terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, sent a message of solidarity to the Muslim community on behalf of the Diocese of Guildford, which read as follows:
“The murder of a fellow human being is always blasphemous, since all are made in the image of God and loved by Him. The indiscriminate murder of 50 human beings on the basis of their Muslim faith is completely abhorrent and an attack on us all. We pray for those who are bereaved. We pray for those who are injured. We pray for the Muslim community in Christchurch at quite such a critical time.
“Just last month I was delighted to share the platform at a Woking People of Faith event, as together we were challenged to stand together in the face of climate change and global warming. This afternoon we stand together once again, in rejecting the hatred of those who would threaten and divide us. As Jesus himself put it, it's the devil who comes to 'steal and kill and destroy'. By contrast Jesus came to bring life, 'life in all its fullness'.
“May Almighty God bless you all with His peace and presence.”
A number of faith leaders and community members joined Imam Hashmi for a service of prayer and remembrance, including David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Michael More-Molyneux, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey.