Allen Shibu, Keighley
Members of the different communities, including the Indian community, in Keighley united on Monday 16th November following the attacks in Paris. Many people from around the town showed their disgust at the recent events caused by ISIS. Rites were done in the town while people of all ages paid their respects with England’s ally.
The mayor of Keighley led a 1 minute silence at 11 am in the town square on Monday. The public, along with multiple councillors paid tribute and the union jack and the French flag was hoisted at half-mast.
Many schools in Keighley and the surrounding areas also held the minute’s silence.
Keighley MP Kris Hopkins explains how the events in Paris were a “stark reminder” to keep vigilant.
Mujeeb Rahman, a leader from a Keighley Muslim community, described the attacks as “heinous” He added “all forms of terrorism and extremism are against the true teachings of Islam. On behalf of the ahmadiyya Muslim community, I express my heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the French nation, its people and government.”