ABOUT 300 people gathered for a peace rally in the town where suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan lived.
The event outside Dewsbury Town Hall was attended by community and religious leaders, including representatives from Muslim and Christian organisations.
The Bishop of Pontefract, the Rt Rev Tony Robinson, co-chairman of North Kirklees Interfaith Council, said much had been done in the past decade to build good relationships between the different faith groups.
He added: "We can't let people put wedges between our communities."
He also revealed he had spoken to Khan's mother-in-law. He said she had been left shocked by the atrocities and he asked for the people of Dewsbury to pray for her.
The bishop went on: "It is a very difficult time for her. She is trying to come to terms with what has happened and they send their love and sympathy to all those hurt and injured.
"She never wanted this to happen. We need to keep them in our prayers. It is a very difficult time for them to."
The Labour MP for Dewsbury, Shahid Malik, urged people not to be divided by the London bombings.
He added: "The choice facing us is a stark one. We have reached a dangerous crossroads. The route we choose will be a defining moment."
The MP warned that "vultures" were keen to swoop down and exploit any divisions within the community following the atrocities.
People at the rally said they wanted to attend to express their sympathy and condolences to the victims.
Peter Smith, 68, a retired university lecturer, said: "It was a small but important rally.
"It may have been a gesture to the victims' families, but I hope it sends out the message that the people of Dewsbury are horrified and united in their condemnation of the bombings."
His wife Margaret, 70, said: "I am still in a state of disbelief. It's hard to understand why someone from Dewsbury would want to travel down to London and cause such misery.
"The healing process has to begin at some point and maybe today's rally is a start for the people of Dewsbury."