Sajid Javid praises 'kindness and compassion of Islam' in Regent's Park mosque speech

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The Home Secretary today praised Muslim worshippers for their 'bravery and compassion' during the terrorist attack in New Zealand.

Sajid Javid was speaking at an interfaith event in Regent's Park Central Mosque, alongside London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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The gathering took place three days after fifty people were killed by a gunman who opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch and live-streamed one of the attacks.

In an address to the meeting, Mr Javid began with the phrase 'Hello brother', the words spoken by one of the first victims slaughtered at Friday Prayers in Christchurch.

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'Gunned down as he welcomed the terrorist who marched towards the Al Noor Mosque,' said the Home Secretary.

'Words of love, not hate, that show the kindness and the compassion of Islam.

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'This gunman sought to divide us, but he was embraced.

'Met with the spirit of Islamic welcome that has seen us all join together today.

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Mr Javid was also joined by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in a show of solidarity with the victims of the shootings.

Names of those killed in the attack were read out before holding a minute of silence.

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'The events that unite us are beyond tragic, but together we represent what is truly great about Britain,' continued Mr Javid.

'An open and welcoming country, that finds strength in its diversity.

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'Where the Chief Rabbi and the Archbishop of Canterbury stand side by side in a mosque full of Imams from across the UK.

'Where we refuse to let terrorists triumph.

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'And where we - like that brave grandfather at the door of Al Noor Mosque - will never, ever, let...
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