Community Cohesion

7-7 Muslim PerspectivesFIVE YEARS ON – BRITISH MUSLIMS SPEAK OUT ON IMPACT OF JULY 7 BOMBINGS

British Muslims give condolences, and provide findings for future resilience

Our first thoughts and prayers are for those remembering loved ones and friends lost or injured in the 7 July 2005 London bombings. This was the worst act of domestic terrorism Britain has ever experienced.  The shock of finding that the perpetrators were young apparently well integrated British Muslims has caused many to question the role of Muslims in the UK.

The July 7 bombings affected British Muslims in an unprecedented way as questions about their loyalty, Britishness and the nature of their  belonging in our society created endless discussion, academic research, government interventions and media speculation. 

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Manal Timraz and Barbara Payman Forgiveness and ReconciliationThe One Day Conference titled ‘Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Interpersonal Relationships and in the Community’, was chaired in the morning by Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke and in the afternoon session by Imam Dr. Abduljalil Sajid, both distinguished figures in the interfaith world. ‘A very unique day for this UPF chapter,’ observed Rev. Braybrooke. ‘The most inspiring thing was the true stories of eminent people. They spoke with conviction, belief and understanding about peace. We looked at the importance of forgiveness in personal healing and how each of us has a role to play. You can curse the dark or light a candle, it all depends on your attitude.’

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Community Cohesion Working Group meetingCommunity Cohesion Working Group Committtee Meeting.

March 23rd 2010

Planned Activities

Joint Faiths Celebration April 15th 2010

Forgiveness and Reconciliation Conference June 6th 2010

'Immigrant Contribution to UK' Activity


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Joint Faiths Celebration audience April 15th 2010The Joint Faith’s Celebration was a accumulation of sharing, talk, reading, food, music and drama highlighting the significance of ‘Mawlid An-Nabi (Birth of Prophet Mohammed), Pesach (Passover), Easter And Vaisakhi’. Around the sharing of these precious faiths’ holy events there were many significant meetings among the 80 plus people gathered, including interfaith figures such as Rev. Dr Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths, Community Cohesion figures such as Dr Husna Ahmad, CEO, Faith Regen Foundation, Marilyn Brummer of the League of Jewish Women and humanitarian influential figures such as Dr Saif Ahmad, (MADE in Europe), Dr Hojjat Ramzy, Proprietor of the Iqra Girls’ School in Oxford and a presentation by Daniel Hurter about Children’s Relief Bethlehem.  Photo Link

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation Interfaith Water Ceremony

2009 UN Year of Reconciliation

Forgiveness and Reconciliation Conference Full Report October 4th 2009

Convened in Friends Meeting House on October 4th 2009, the conference  included an Interfaith Water Ceremony and presentations by many faith and community leaders. Connie Rennie wrote of the afternoon, 'Differences are often emphasized between faiths and cultures, but by listening to the words of each of the leaders at the event today, one clear message was portrayed; forgiveness is a key aspect of a strong life of faith, which when practiced leads to peace within oneself, naturally allowing you to bring peace to others, as is described in Buddhist psychology, "He who loves himself will harm not another".’ Photo Link from the afternoon conference.   Read (more )