Members of the Muslim community in Bangor will gather outside Bangor Cathedral on Sunday, 28 April, in a show of solidarity with Christians, a week after the terrorist attacks on churches in Sri Lanka.
Eight explosions took place on Easter Sunday at three catholic churches located in Colombo, Negambo and Batticaloa and at luxury hotels in the commercial capital Colombo.
At least 253 people have been confirmed dead by the attacks with more than 500 people injured and hospitalized. A local Islamist terrorist group known as National Thowfeek Jamaath was identified as responsible for these string of attacks.
Ayad Mawla, from the Bangor Islamic Centre, wrote to the Dean of Bangor, condemning the “abhorrent events” and asking for permission to make a symbolic gesture of solidarity against terrorist attacks on religious buildings.
The Bishop of Bangor, Andy John, welcomed the “gracious gesture” from the local Islamic community.
He said, “We are all conscious that there are forces which seek to set people against each other and to create a climate of fear and suspicion. This gracious gesture by our Muslim friends shows we can overcome hatred and violence and I’m delighted the Cathedral in Bangor will host this meeting of solidarity. It builds on the excellent relationships we have established together between Cathedral and the Islamic community.”
The service at Bangor Cathedral starts at 11am on Sunday and all are welcome the service and refreshments afterwards, when members of the Muslim community will meet with worshippers to express their sympathy.