Hemel Hempstead man, Tony Finn, has responded to the horrific terrorist attack in New Zealand today, by gifting his local mosque an olive tree as a token of comfort and love during their time of mourning.
An olive tree which is traditionally known as a symbol of peace and love, was gifted to Quwwatul Islam Markazi Jamia Mosque Mehria Ghosia, by Tony.
The RAF veteran said he felt like he needed to let the Muslim community know that everyone is thinking about them during this tough time.
Speaking to MyNews, he said: “Yes there are terrorist attacks like this all over the world, committed by people of all religions and some targeted at certain religions, but it is not acceptable and we all need to stand together and unite.
“It makes me sick to my stomach. I have pure despair at how these innocent people, who are just going about their peaceful lives, are targeted in such a disgusting manor like other attacks in recent times.”
Tony, who is now a cab driver, believes that everyone in the community needs to come together and be together as one.
He explained: “I did this because these small things can go along way. As a community, we need to come together and show that evil won’t beat us.
“We need to share the love and to make sure the Muslim community at this difficult time don’t feel frightened.
“I have experienced Muslims, who came up to me and others to comfort us after the Manchester attack and the Westminster and I wanted to do the same.”
Tony made it clear that he used social media to promote his #SpreadLoveNotHate message to fight back against the extremist who carried out todays deadly terror attack.
He added: “This terrorist, because that is simply all he is, chose to use social media to stream the attack. So, I responded because as a community we need to use Facebook to spread messages of peace and love.
“We are all together and if we unite as one, they can’t beat us.”