On Monday this week hundreds of Nottingham Citizens participated in a fast called by Dr Musharraf Hussain OBE in response to the terrible attack in Paris. 120 community leaders broke their fast together at the Karimia Institute Nottingham having published the following statement.
"We stand together in sympathy and solidarity with the victims of the terrible attack in Paris.This appalling attack is justified by no creed and no faith, it is abhorrent to the sacredness of human life around which all our faiths stand united. Freedom of speech stands at the heart of the open societies we are proud to create, it must be cherished, championed and defended.Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected, firm in the belief that love, hope and courage can stand against and overcome fear, hatred and division. There are no words that can rise to the occasion of a tragedy like this. We join together in calling on people of each our faith traditions, and those of no faith but of goodwill, to join us on Monday 12th of January in a fast. This Monday we will each, in our own way, fast to bring us closer to those suffering such grief in these sad days.”STATEMENT ENDS
Dr Musharraf Hussain OBE, Chief Imam of the Karimia Institute said,
“We condemn the barbaric and senseless murder of journalists and the policemen in Paris. This is an attack on a fundamental institution of democracy and just society, attack on journalists is an attack on freedom of speech and this is condemnable. We hope that the terrorists are caught quickly in the meantime our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the murdered.”
Rev Karen Rooms, Area Dean for Nottingham South and Co-Chair of Nottingham Citizens said,
"In the wake of this horrendous attack we stand united against hate, fear and division. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed. In fasting together, Christian, Jew and Muslim we draw closer to that sorrow. There is no place for hate."
Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue said,
"This terrible attack has no place in any religious tradition. Each and every individual is unique and their life is to be held sacred.Now, in this time of terrible sadness, we must draw together. This attack must be met with justice, sorrow and solidarity."
The act of remembrance was widely covered in local papers and on local television and radio.