We Are London

I have written before on my thoughts on the senselessness of violence against innocent citizens, and it’s pretty upsetting that nothing seems to have changed since then – the horrible attacks on people in London has led to an emotional couple of days – anger, worry, heartbreak and fear. I really hate that as soon as something like this happens, so many of my friends, family and I all brace for the inevitable backlash against Muslims, the same fear that we will be grouped with this tragic violence and that we tarred with same the same brush that puts us with something that we don’t believe in.

So this is me, saying this is not my faith. We have said this before and we’ll say it again. Islam doesn’t work like this and we don’t believe or condone any form of terror attacks like this. We are with London, and will remain strong, united and unafraid. London is our home. This is the city where I have had the honour to meet the most diverse and vibrant people from all walks of life and communities, and have found that unity is always better despite coming from different backgrounds.

So I say it is  now, more than every that it’s the time to stand up and speak out against the hate, ignorance and violence perpetuated by some groups, and that to isolate ourselves is not the answer. It is only this which will get us through bad times and remain strong – standing together as friends, a people and as a beautiful nation.

My prayers are with all those who have lost their loved ones: may Allah (SWT) give them the strength to bear what he has tested them with, shower them with his mercy and let their hearts find peace. May Allah (SWT) bring peace and safety to us all.

“…if any one killed a soul, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…” – The Holy Quran (Chapter Five, Verse 32).

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King

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Journal Your Ramadan – Day #12: L is for London

Summer-time is a great time to wander around London, seeing all the tourist attractions fully abuzz, enjoying a scorching day with lots of events happening and plent to see. Occasionally I’ll take my camera and wander around to see where I end up – this one’s from a few days ago where I thought this was an interesting angle – the Big Ben positioned inside the Millennium Eye.

I did take a few more pictures around the main roads, but I liked this one the most, although I wish the colours came out less blurred!

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Big Ben Behind the Big Wheel

This is a lucky photography I took this weekend while wandering around Waterloo area – two iconic London landmarks merged together in one view.

I’d like to play around with colours and make some ‘Pop Art’ style montages with this image, although what would really make this picture more London-y would be a big red double decker bus in the corner (for now I’ll have to settle with the train going past, London Underground yaay!)

DSC_3424Also part of this week’s Weekly Photography Challenge: Juxtapositions

Weekend Pretty…A Tealy London Skyline

Yes, I’ve edited this one, I’ll be honest, but I’m quite happy with what the end product is. I liked the colours of this London skyline because it reminded me of a watercolour painting, or perhaps a surreal old-style photography. I’ve emphasised the silhouette of the city skyline by darkening the buildings, and it’s nicely finished with the sun’s rays in the back ground and the different layers of blue and teal in the sky.

Although I think my favourite bit is the sparkling water which for some reason always catches my eye in sunny weather 🙂

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