A RALLYING call has gone out to the people of Bromsgrove to unite and remember those who lost their lives in Paris at a special service being held on Sunday (November 22).
The Bromsgrove Unites in an Act of Prayer and Remembrance for Paris will take place at 12.30pm at St John’s Church.
It has been organised by the Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust and the Parish of Bromsgrove.
Naseem Arif, spokesperson for the Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust, said: “The horrific attacks on Paris appalled all of us and whilst the extremists and terrorists want to divide communities we must come together for the victims and to send a strong message of unity to all those who wish to divide us.
“Terrorism has no religion or moral standing. No faith or belief can ever justify the killing of innocent people.
“We must not let any hate monger divide us but show them that people of all faiths and none can live peacefully, together.”
Revd. Christine Holzapfel, Team Rector of the Parish of Bromsgrove with Dodford, added: “There is nothing more encouraging and heart warming than people coming together, to grieve together and to stand in unity and solidarity with those who suffer.”
She urged people of all ages and faiths and those with no faiths to unite for the special service.
“By coming together in this way we will be remembering the victims as well as showing that true religion promotes peace not terrorism.
“Such barbaric acts are absolutely against the spirit of true Islam.
“Terrorists would want to divide our communities and promote mistrust and hatred amongst us.
“Let us not play into their hands or let them win,” she said.