It’s murder – don’t try to link this to our faith
Atrocity prompts message to terrorists and public
Muslims in Canterbury are urging people not to equate last week’s terror attack in Westminster with their faith.
Kathryn Irrgang staged a one-woman show of defiance at the St George’s roundabout on Monday with placards bearing the words “Not in my name – no terrorism” and “Not in my name London”.
The 43-year-old freelance writer said: “This is a message to people to say that what happened in London should not be associated with Islam.
“It is also a message to the terrorists to stop linking the name of the religion to what they do.
“This is just murder. It is nihilistic and has nothing to do with Islam. No religion condones this sort of behaviour.”
Four people, including a police officer, were killed last Wednesday by Dartford-born Khalid Masood, 52.
He drove along the pavement of Westminster Bridge and stabbed PC Keith Palmer, 48, to death outside the Houses of Parliament before being shot dead.
In Canterbury, drivers using the ring road showed their solidarity with Kathryn by beeping their horns, while pedestrians stopped to give her a hug or take her picture. One even bought her a bunch of flowers.
Kathryn, who was born in Canterbury and converted to Islam while studying philosophy at university, added: “People in Canterbury have been very supportive about the message I’m trying to get out.
“It’s really great that they’ve reacted like this.”
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for its first attack on British soil and described Masood as its “soldier”, but on Monday police denied he was linked to the terror group.
And Tamanna Miah, a Canterbury Christ Church University politics and media student, told the Gazette that people should reject the links between terror and Islam.
“This attack has got nothing to do with me, nothing to do with Islam,” the 23-yearold said. “The people who do such things are inhuman. But what can happen is that people equate Islam with these attacks. Then you get the likes of Paul Nuttall, of Ukip, saying that Muslims should come out and condemn it.
“Why? It’s nothing to do with us. If a Jew or a Christian were to do something, would all Jews or Christians be required to come and condemn it?”
Thirteen people are still in hospital recovering from injuries following his attack.
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Kathryn Irrgang urges people in Canterbury not to link terror to Islam
Khalid Masood, the Kent-born terrorist responsible for the attack; police and paramedics outside the Houses of Parliament; Canterbury student Tamanna Miah