Fer­rier: We must unite to stop the ex­trem­ists

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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

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