Religious leaders to meet in show of solidarity after Paris terrorist attacks

Halifax Minster
Halifax Minster

Religious leaders will gather in Halifax to show “solidarity” after hundreds of people were killed in terrorist attacks in France.

Imams from mosques across the borough will meet with vicars and priests at Halifax Minster tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss the horrific attacks in Paris on Friday.

More than 120 people were killed after terrorists detonated bombs and executed hostages in the French capital.

Now the Calderdale Council of Mosques, which helped organise the meeting on Tuesday, has condemned the attacks.

Amjid Mahmood, a member of the Calderdale Council of Mosques, said: “The meeting is about people from different faiths and backgrounds across Calderdale showing unity and solidarity.

“We are all totally shocked and appalled by the attacks that unfolded, our prayers are with the families that have lost loved ones and who have been injured in this dreadful attack.

“There is no such place in any religion that allows individuals to perpetuate such actions in taking lives of innocent people enjoying their freedom with families and friends.”

Mr Mahmood said representatives from all mosques in the area are expected to be at the event, as well as priests and vicars.

He said the group meets regularly to network with other faiths.

The meeting will take place at 10.30am at Halifax Minster on Tuesday.

Calderdale council leader Tim Swift said he offered his sympathies to after the “horrific and evil” attacks.

He said: “On behalf of all the communities of Calderdale, we offer our thoughts and sympathies to the people of Paris as they come to terms with yesterday’s horrific and evil attacks.

“We offer our solidarity to them, remembering at the same time the many other victims of terror and violence across the world in the last few days.

“I trust we can stay united in our determination to ensure that the actions of terrorists do not undermine our values, our way of life, and our commitment to a tolerant and diverse society.”