A RALLY denouncing terrorist acts carried out under the guise of Islam is to be held in the city centre today.
The “Not in the Name of Islam” event is a response by the Muslim community in Edinburgh to denounce the vicious killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich recently.
The peaceful gathering will meet on Princes Street, at the foot of The Mound, at noon.
They plan to engage the public by handing out leaflets and flowers and have discussions about the true meaning of Islam.
Organiser Kamran Chaudry said they wanted to publicly denounce the murder and show that Muslims in the Capital “are totally against this evil act”.
“It is a vital opportunity to build bridges with people from all faiths and communities within Edinburgh, something which is very much needed now more than ever in light of the recent cold-blooded murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich.
“It is also to clear up any misconceptions surrounding Islam and its stance on terror.”
The meeting follows reports in this week’s Evening News that dozens of children who had been due to take part in a school field trip to a city mosque were pulled out by their parents amid heightened tensions.
Children from Newtongrange Primary visited the Central Mosque in Potterrow, but from an original group of 90 pupils, 20 were withdrawn.
The trip had been organised to help educate the primary one, two and five pupils about other religions and cultures.
People of any faith have been invited to attend the event from noon to 3.30pm today.