Sadiq Khan: Ramadan harder than any I can remember in wake of Grenfell Tower blaze and London attacks

Sadiq Khan described this year’s Ramadan as “harder than any” he can remember in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster and a spate of terror attacks in the capital.

Speaking to thousands of people gathered for an Eid celebration in Trafalgar Square, the Muslim Mayor of London gave a message of unity.

Terror attacks on London Bridge and Finsbury Park claimed the lives of nine people during Ramadan, while at least 80 more are believed to have died in Grenfell Tower blaze on June 14.

Mr Khan told crowds in central London: “This Ramadan was harder than any Ramadan I can remember, not simply because of the long 19 to 20-hour fast, but because unfortunately in this holy month of Ramadan, we saw the terror attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market.


Sadiq Khan has his picture taken with visitors (REUTERS)

“We saw the terror attack on Finsbury Park and we saw the awful, awful horror of the fire at Grenfell Tower.

“I am sure that all of us have in our thoughts and prayers all those affected by the terror attacks and by the fire.

“But we know it is a fact of life, I’m afraid, there are some people who want to divide our communities, there are some people who want to fuel division.”

The mayor also hailed the capital for its tolerance, saying all faiths, ages and social classes were “celebrated”, calling it “the greatest city in the world”.

One man was killed when and nine other people injured when a van ploughed into worshippers who had just attended Ramadan prayers at the Finsbury Park Mosque on June 19.

It was revealed on Friday that members of the mosque have since been targeted with racist hate mail.

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