Muslim man from Newham launches fundraising drive for victims of Westminster terror attack
PUBLISHED: 12:05 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 23 March 2017
A Muslim-led campaign to raise £10,000 for the victims of yesterday's Westminster terror attack has been set up by an eyewitness from Newham.
Communications professional Muddassar Ahmed, 34, had been in a Portcullis House meeting room overlooking the Westminster Bridge as an attacker mowed down pedestrians.
The attack claimed the lives of four people including PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed by the attacker, and Aysha Frade, who was run over on her way to collect her children.
The attacker was shot dead by police.
Moved by what he saw, he set-up a campaign called Muslims United for London which, at the time of writing, has raised more than £4,000 for the victims of the attack and their families.
Speaking to the Recorder, he said: “I was trapped in parliament for fours hours in an office overlooking the incident.
“I saw the car slam in to the rails. I saw dead bodies and people that had been injured, the police everywhere trying to help them.”
After returning home, Muddassar’s grouped together with six friends to launch the campaign from his office in Stratford.
The campaign calls on “British Muslims, mosques, Imams, leaders, and groups” for endorsement and promotion.
But it also welcomes contributions from friends of other faiths.
The campaign states that: “While no amount of money will bring back lives lost or take away from the pain the victims and their families are going through, we hope to lessen their burden in some way.”
“There are people that will try to divide us,” he said.
But he urges that: “All Londoners come together right now to help the victims of the London attack.”
You can donate to the campaign here.