Nottingham response to the Paris massacres of January 2015
Above: Friends of understanding in Nottingham, 10 January 2015.
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Celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad ‘peace be upon him’, a group of
Nottingham Muslims handed out about two thousand red roses to shoppers. ‘The
rose is a symbol of love, peace and harmony, and that is something we want to
share,’ Waheed Zaman, the founder of the Islamic group KQZ Institute, told the
Nottingham Post on Saturday, 10
January ‘The timing has become more significant,’ he said, ‘but we had planned
to do it anyway as a celebration of the birth month of Muhammad.’
Given the publicity on TV and the large number of Muslims living in Nottingham
the turnout was modest.
Nottingham Police Commissioner Paddy Tipping with Iman Khalid Hussain and Waheed
Zaman both from the KQZ Institute.
‘The events in Paris are tragic but here in Nottingham we want to show that we
are strong and united, whatever background we come from.’
Muslims had suffered more than any others, world-wide, from violent deaths. What
he did not mention was that many of them were self-inflicted resulting from the
Shia/Sunni clashes worldwide. After the address, volunteers handed out roses to
David Childs exchanges views with
Iman Khalid Hussain