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British imams pay solidarity visits to Muslims and Jews in Paris, focus on post-attacks unity

  • Thomas Andrieu, a top aide to the French Interior Minister, left, greets Qari Mohammed Asim MBE, Senior Imam At Leeds' Makkah Masjid, right, during a meeting at the Grand Central Mosque in Paris, France, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. British Imams travel to Paris to meet with Muslim and Jewish leaders to stand together in solidarity against extremism. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Thomas Andrieu, a top aide to the French Interior Minister, left, greets Qari Mohammed Asim MBE, Senior Imam At Leeds' Makkah Masjid, right, during a meeting at the Grand Central Mosque in Paris, France, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. British Imams travel to Paris to meet with Muslim and Jewish leaders to stand together in solidarity against extremism. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, Anouar Kbibech, president of Rassemblement of Muslims of France, (RMF), Sahukat Warraich, British Chief Editor at Imams Online and CEO at Faith Associates, Thomas Andrieu, a top aide to the French Interior Minister, Great Mosque of Paris rector Dalil Boubakeur, Khola Hasan, speaker and author from London, Naima Ali Khan, teacher at Birmingham's Quran Academy, Zaheer Shabir, Imam at Bristol Council of Mosques, listen to Qari Mohammed Asim MBE, Senior Imam At Leeds' Makkah Masjid during a meeting at the Grand Central Mosque in Paris, France, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. British Imams travel to Paris to meet with Muslim and Jewish leaders to stand together in solidarity against extremism. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    From left, Anouar Kbibech, president of Rassemblement of Muslims of France, (RMF), Sahukat Warraich, British Chief Editor at Imams Online and CEO at Faith Associates, Thomas Andrieu, a top aide to the French Interior Minister, Great Mosque of Paris rector Dalil Boubakeur, Khola Hasan, speaker and author from London, Naima Ali Khan, teacher at Birmingham's Quran Academy, Zaheer Shabir, Imam at Bristol Council of Mosques, listen to Qari Mohammed Asim MBE, Senior Imam At Leeds' Makkah Masjid during a meeting at the Grand Central Mosque in Paris, France, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. British Imams travel to Paris to meet with Muslim and Jewish leaders to stand together in solidarity against extremism. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • Great Mosque of Paris rector Dalil Boubakeur delivers his speech during a meeting with a group of British Imams at the Grand Central Mosque in Paris, France, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. British Imams traveled to Paris to meet with Muslim and Jewish leaders to stand together in solidarity against extremism. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Great Mosque of Paris rector Dalil Boubakeur delivers his speech during a meeting with a group of British Imams at the Grand Central Mosque in Paris, France, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. British Imams traveled to Paris to meet with Muslim and Jewish leaders to stand together in solidarity against extremism. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

British imams have paid a solidarity visit to their counterparts in France to bolster after the January terror attacks in Paris by Muslim extremists.

The group also met with Jewish representatives of CRIF, the Jewish umbrella group. Four people at a Jewish grocery were among the attackers' 17 victims, while 12 others died in the newsroom massacre at Charlie Hebdo.

Leeds imam Qari Mohammed Asim said sharing experiences is critical in difficult times. Speaking during the visit Monday to the Great Mosque of Paris, he noted that extremists who killed over 50 people in the 2005 London bombings were from Leeds.

Asim told mosque rector Dalil Boubakeur "we've seen how difficult it is in those challenging times to keep communities together." Boubakeur denounced extremists as Muslims' "common enemy."