AML Statement on Manchester Arena atrocity : "Manchester, we are with you"

The Association of Muslim Lawyers (AML) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, all those responsible, in any shape or form, for the atrocity committed at Manchester Arena last night. They are not people of any faith; their only belief system is hate and division. We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers for all those affected by this tragedy. All acts of terrorism are utterly despicable but to target young people in particular, at an event that they would have been looking forward to for many months, is particularly repulsive.

Now, more than ever, is the time to focus on what unites us, not what divides us and, to stand firm against those who will use this opportunity to ignite negativity and promote division. We are united today in grief.

AML affirms its commitment to focusing on our collective humanity and strength and to working toward greater understanding, peace and tolerance for all. We welcome and support the many inter-faith vigils being planned across the country. Manchester, we are with you.