British imams pay solidarity visits to French imams, Jews
Feb. 02, 2015
PARIS (AP) — British imams have paid a visit to their counterparts in France to bolster solidarity after the January terror attacks in Paris by Muslim extremists.
The group also met with Jewish representatives of CRIF, the Jewish umbrella group. Four people at a Jewish grocery were among the attackers' 17 victims, while 12 others died in the newsroom massacre at Charlie Hebdo.
Leeds imam Qari Mohammed Asim said sharing experiences is critical in difficult times. Speaking during the visit Monday to the Great Mosque of Paris, he noted that extremists who killed over 50 people in the 2005 London bombings were from Leeds.
Asim told mosque rector Dalil Boubakeur "we've seen how difficult it is in those challenging times to keep communities together." Boubakeur denounced extremists as Muslims' "common enemy."