Paris attacks: Milton Keynes Islamic group unveils unity mural

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An Islamic group has condemned the terrorist attacks on the city of Paris, saying it undermines “community cohesion” in Milton Keynes.

Anouar Kassim of Islamic Arts, Heritage and Culture is calling on the public to attend the unveiling of a Unity Mural this evening alongside the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, MK Mayor and Bishop of Buckingham.

Islamic Arts, Heritage and Culture group unveils unity mural to condemn Paris attacks. PNL-151201-095539001

Islamic Arts, Heritage and Culture group unveils unity mural to condemn Paris attacks. PNL-151201-095539001

It follows the murder of 17 people during three days of deadly attacks in Paris last week.

Mr Kassim said: “It is a shocking event and an immense personal tragedy for the families of the journalists, police officers and other members of staff murdered.

“It appears to be have perpetrated by individuals purporting to act in the name of Islam causes me and the Muslim community in Milton Keynes great sadness and concern.

“Islam is truly a religion of peace, and these killings – including of a Muslim police officer – have no place in Islam.

“It is bad for society and undermines community cohesion which we all want and which makes Milton Keynes as elsewhere a good, pleasant and safe place to live.”

One of the patterns of the mural symbolises “diversity, spirituality and inspiration”, while at the centre lies the Arabic word for unity, “Wihda”.

Mr Kassim added: “I am sure that all the people of MK, which has a great tradition of respect, understanding and co-operation will join me in condemning the killings and continuing to respect each other and our beliefs and to value the diversity of our wonderful town.”

Arts 4 Heart starts from 7pm until 8.30pm this evening at Silbury Campus, 200 Silbury Boulevard. Registration from 6.30pm.