07/07/07 is a date considered by many as a lucky date and many people have arranged for their weddings and parties to take place today but this date has another meaning for many in London:
Today commemorates the second anniversary of the dreadful London bombing of 7 July 2005, 52 innocent victims lost their life on that day including at least 5 Muslims with many injured and maimed.
At that time I was working for an English/Arabic primary school in London and both of my kids were at this school on that day, when I found out that the bombing was taking place in central London, I walked to the school's office, I found the headteacher who is a Muslim English lady talking on the phone, she told me that the police have contacted all the schools in that area and were asked to evacuate the schools quietly, our school is situated in north west London alongside the main Muslim schools in this city including Islamia (Yusuf Islam) School and Al-Khoei Shiaa School, apparently the police got a warning that a bomb was planted in the local train station that serves all of these schools, within minutes many police vans arrived, policemen and women closed the streets around our school, no one was allowed to walk in unless they had a reason, I checked on my children, they were fine and happy to know that they were leaving school early, my neighbour arrived and picked up his children and mine, I walked with them to the end of the street as cars were not allowed in, I saw many parents that I know from school, most of them were concerned, one heavily pregnant mother ran all the way to the school to get her kids, she looked very scared, I stood in the street for a long time, it was a strange day, very eerie, very quiet and humid. We never found out if the claim that a bomb was planted in the local train station was true but it would not surprise me after I heard that a train was blown up in Edgware Road, an area famous for its Arabic/Muslim people and Aldgate which is home to many Bangladeshi, these bombers did not care who they killed and injured.
The first victim to be buried after this terrible atrocity was Shahara Islam, a young British born Muslim woman, her funeral was attended by many people.
2 years later, the Muslims in this country have lost their good reputation after being known for many years as hard working, decent polite citizens, all that was forgotten due to the terror act committed by the 4 bombers, of course the gutter press found a great opportunity to insult us even further but do we blame them or blame the ignorant mass murderers who thought they were going to be Martyrs after committing these crimes?
A fund was set up by the government to help the victims of the London bombings and their families, I do know for a fact that many Muslims here donated generously to this fund but unfortunately this was never reported or even mentioned.
A sad day to remember for a long time to come.