“It is proof that the fabric of this society is not torn”

That was the comment from Mohammed Mahmoud the imam from the Finsbury Park mosque where further hatred led to unnecessary murder of human life.

A father of four decided to drive to London to kill because of hatred of Muslims..in other words to kill fellow human beings.

My sadness for the loss of more people to hatred as that’s what this is..pure misguided hatred..is lifted by Mohammed in how he reacted to the situation and his comments made once this evil man was passed to officials

“We managed to surround him and to protect him from any harm. We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle.j

“We pushed people away from him until he was safely taken by police into custody.”

“It wasn’t me alone; there were a group of brothers … who were calm and collected and managed to calm people down and to extinguish any flames of anger or mob rule that would have taken charge had this group of mature brothers not stepped in.”

Excerpt from The Independent

Mohammed for me, made a key point

“It was touching our non-Muslim neighbours woke us up this morning to give us their support,” he said. “It is proof that the fabric of this society is not torn, but that we have to continue to keep the fabric of society, and this community of London, intact.”

If we choose a well trodden path of hate then our future will be muddied by the footprints of the past

There is a lot of justification for hate and revenge in history, so many crimes and wrongs not put right

Eye for an eye?  At what point will our future have no eyes to see

When do we change, and move forward.  We need to join together to isolate those who would kill

My thoughts are with the man murdered, and those those hurt by a hateful crime.

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Is blood always thicker than water?


 

This is the proverb which suggests family relationships and loyalty are stronger than that of friends, but I question this after reading what happened in Serbia last weekend.

Welsh fans donated blood to a local Serbian who was shot in the stomach during clashes between rival fans from Partizan and Red Star ahead of the Serbia play Wales game.

Neither family nor friend, and with no loyalty to this stranger they still donated blood, hundreds of fans apparently.  Why?

One football match with two different behaviours and outcomes.  One action led to someone being hurt, and one led to someone being saved.

I recalled the positive displays of the Welsh fans at the European cup last year, winning plaudits for their behaviour.

Wales’ army of fans in France have been honoured by European football chiefs after the ‘Red Wall’ was hailed as making an outstanding contribution to Euro 2016.

The official review of the summer tournament has seen Uefa top brass opt to commend Wales’ fans with an award for their passion and behaviour that spread through France and won admirers across the world.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk

Makes me feel proud to be welsh knowing how we (mostly!) conduct ourselves in the world.

The donation for me was more than just giving much needed blood.  It symbolised what having the right behaviour can do.

Do you raise your arm with a gun, or raise your arm to give blood.

It’s not about family or friends, it’s about doing the right thing at the right time that will bring us all together.

From reading social media Welsh football fans have gained a lot of new Serbian friends.

My hat off to all those who donated.

(I still prefer rugby mind..)

Celebrate The Nerd Within

I really liked this article and share the writers view.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/celebrate-nerd-within-james-calder

So true about how in school you were put down if you raised your hand..bullied in the playground..nerd need nerd alert.

Just like the movies the nerds were mocked by the cool kids who went on to live a very boring life..wonder if that’s still in schools now.

I love my life but wish i could call back to my past to say “speak up mate”..although that would have scared the crap out of 8 year old Glynn!

So yeah unleash the nerd..never too late..challenge the norm and don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

Long live the nerd!

Great article

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/celebrate-nerd-within-james-calder

We need to isolate those who would kill

I read the news release from the Muslim Council of Britain today.

130 imams and religious leaders condemning what’s happened and refusing to perform the funeral prayer for the London attackers.

“Consequently, and in light of other such ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam, we will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer over the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege. This is because such indefensible actions are completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam.”

I worked with a guy called Anwar, he had a sharp mind and a beautiful peaceful outlook.  His wife, when I used to car share with Anwar for work, was welcoming always offering food.

His kids always had bright smiles.

We all need to stand together, all of us whatever faith, to isolate and shine the light on those who hide in the shadows of their faith.  Who would scheme to murder the innocent for their own evil ends.

I’ve read on social media different views of this release..skeptical, optimism, support, anger and mocking.

History can bring positive change, or it can provide justification of a cause.  

It’s my nature to be optimist, I hope this news release brings positive change.

MCB website easy release

Is Neath beneath?

 

I went out on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and spent an hour in Neath.

Within that hour I saw graffiti claiming this town to be sh😱t, to children singing to the public.

I witnessed unhappy people, happy people..singles, couples, families, people with money and people without.

People rushing, relaxing, arguing, kissing, shopping and sitting, talking and thinking.

Possibly the same interactions of people lucky to have the freedom of choice that exist in most countries.

To risk a cliché..we have the choice to shape the filters of our minds..it’s the choices we make that define our community…to take to graffiti or to sing a song.

Is neath sh😱t?

It’s been around a long time and seen ups and downs…Here’s to the ups..and the sound of our future singing!