Ferrier: We must unite to stop the extremists
Margaret Ferrier MP has called on communities to work together to combat extremism.
The Rutherglen and Hamilton West member was speaking at an annual conference that brought together members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
Ms Ferrier addressed a crowd of 30,000 at the event, known as Jalsa Salna, held in the Hampshire town of Alton.
Referencing the brutal murder of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah, she called on people to reject racism, sectarianism and religious hatred.
She said:“It is absolutely vital that those of us fighting against extremism stand united.”
Ferrier also recognised the“fantastic work being undertaken in Muslim communities up and down the UK to tackle the scourge of radicalisation.”
Speaking at the event, Ms Ferrier said it had been an“honour”to speak at the conference.
She added:“Having worked closely with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for the past year now, I see in practise how their message of love for all, hatred for none is carried across their work in communities up and down the UK.
“The brutal murder of Asad Shah was a reminder that sectarianism and religious hatred isn’t restricted to any one faith. People are still shocked by this appalling crime, and communities must come together to reject persecution where it exists.”
Ms Ferrier recently tabled a parliamentary motion calling for action on violence against Ahmadi Muslims in Asia, which has received cross-party support.
Stop hatred Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Margaret Ferrier meeting His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Caliph of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community