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Last Updated: Friday, 7 July 2006, 13:48 GMT 14:48 UK
'Left a huge void in our lives'
Shahara Islam

Kamrul Hassan, the uncle of Shahara Islam, who was killed on 7 July 2005 by the bomb on the Number 30 bus at Tavistock Square, spoke about his niece on the first anniversary of the attacks on London.

A year has passed since the tragic death of our beloved Shahara. The loss of one so young and dear to us has been unbearable; not a day goes by when she isn't in our thoughts. In fact she has left a huge void in our lives which can never be filled.

Those who so cruelly took away her life, and the lives of many other innocent people on that tragic day last year could not realise the pain and suffering they would come to inflict.

Whatever their motives, their crime is far removed from the decency and civilised behaviour of ordinary people. Their actions can only be regarded as evil and have to be condemned by all who have a conscience.

In our moment of grief we have received tremendous support from all quarters of British society, and indeed from all around the world. The local community and mosque have been an inspiration and have provided us with both emotional and spiritual comfort.

We were disappointed the prime minister ruled out a public inquiry into the terrorist attacks

The genuine show of sympathy from people of other faiths, who have rallied together with their Muslim neighbours to show solidarity in the face of such heinous crime, has been heart-warming.

It is our hope and prayer that we will not see such terrible acts committed in our country ever again. Our religion, Islam, stands for peace, a fact that is known by all ordinary Muslims, and which is regularly preached in the sermons by our imams.

When terror struck London and in particular at the very heart of our own family, the shock of its arrival gave way to the impossibility of trying to explain why it should have happened.

Despite our bewilderment and immense sadness, we truly believe the great majority of people have resolved not to let the bombings undermine relations with the Muslim community; rather, they are determined to strive together for peace, mutual respect and understanding.

We thank those from all walks of life who have expressed their sympathy during this unimaginably difficult year

We were disappointed the prime minister ruled out a public inquiry into the terrorist attacks of 7 July. Shahara was a victim of the attacks and we owe it to her and the rest of the victims to find out why this happened, how it happened and what we as a country need to do to prevent it from ever happening again.

We fully support other families of victims of 7 July in their call for a public inquiry and we urge the prime minister to reconsider.

We pray for God's continued support, and ask that we be allowed to reflect on our loss in privacy and undisturbed.

Finally, we thank those from all walks of life who have expressed their sympathy during this unimaginably difficult year and hope that together we can strive to achieve peace and harmony in the society we live in.



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