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Monday, 12 January 2015
Vigil in the bay. BBC Wales miss the true story
Last Night on a cold windy and wet Cardiff Bay I attended a Rally to honour the victims of the French massacres in a show of solidarity
We were spared the platitudes of Politicians Instead we were incredibly moved by a
In an impassioned speech, by Dr Kidwai the Muslim Council of Wales Dr Saleem Kidwai,condemned the attacks and the killers, categorically stating they have nothing to do with Islam.
Greeting the crowd with the traditional Muslim greeting, As-salamu alaykum, he told them it was with “peace and blessing we greet you”.
To spontaneous rounds of applause, he said:
“Contrary to what was said by the killers, it is not the prophet who was avenged. It was our religion, values and Islamic principles which were dented and affected by this.“My condemnation [of the criminals] is absolute.”
“My prayers and sincere condolences for the families of the victims. But there is one light – that the policeman that was killed was a Muslim. The man who saved many lives in the supermarket was a Muslim. These are the people we should appreciate and value.”“Islam needs peace,” he continued.” Our prophet, during his lifetime, suffered a lot of hardship but he never condoned violence. Never did he preach violence.“What is important now is to stand together, united shoulder to shoulder.“We can stand together to share our values, our care and love for each other, and make sure that they don’t succeed in what they want to do.“We will eventually win because truth always wins over false and light over darkness.”
Let no one doubt the sincerity of the vast majority of Muslims when they condemn this attack
For some reason the BBC News seem unable to mention Dr Saleem Kidwai speech which to me was the highlight if that is the word for such an night
Instead they seem to concentrate on First Minister Carwyn Jones was among the many to hold up a candle
Earlier, he said:
"The vigil in Cardiff Bay tonight is an opportunity for the people of Wales to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the truly abhorrent attack in Paris. "It is also a chance to show solidarity with the people of France and all those who believe in upholding our democratic values and freedoms that are threatened by such senseless acts of terror."
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb tweeted earlier:
"Standing with the French community in Wales and in support of freedom of speech everywhere. 6pm this eve. Senedd, Cardiff. #CharlieHebdo"
It is not the fault of either Carwyn Joes or Stephen Crabb that they were given more prominence than Dr Saleem Kidwai it is the inability of BBC Wales to tell the real story.