Harare, Zimbabwe - The first black prime minister of an interim white-dominated government before Zimbabwe's independence, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, died at his Harare home on April 8. He was 85.
A Methodist bishop, Muzorewa joined the government of the short-lived Zimbabwe-Rhodesia in a deal with Ian Smith, the last white prime minister, in 1978, two years ahead of the first all race elections that swept President Robert Mugabe to power and dropped the name of Rhodesia, as the former British colony was known. He was granted peace awards by both Pope John II and the United Nations in the 1970s for his efforts to liberate his country from the United Kingdom. Bishop Muzorewa was a member of UPF's Presiding Council.
This is one of our regular interfaith meetings where people can get together and learn about different Saints and their works. Starting with interfaith prayers from Christian, Hindu and Muslim, all the prayers had beautiful sounds. Particularly, Dr Krishna from the Hindu religion said prayers from the Qur’an which sounded so spiritual and enchanted. Report by Tomoko Harris (UPF Bristol).
Glowing homage was paid to the Founder of the Freedom Movement of India, Satguru Ram Singh at an event held here at the House of Lords. Chaired by Lord King, the Holy Incarnation Celebration of Satguru Ram Singh was supported by Hindu Council UK on Monday 22nd March 2010. The speakers eulogised him for his political sagacity and dynamic personality. They recalled that Satguru Ram Singh laid the foundation of the freedom movement in 1857 upon which Gandhi based his political philosophy. An Ambassador for Peace Award was presented to Suba Tarsem Singh Bimbra of Namdhari Sangat UK. Parliamentarians including Baroness Sandip Verma, Virendra Sharma MP and Barry Gardiner MP discussed the proposal to name a park after Satguru Ram Singh and install his statue. Photos (Report by Razia Sultan)
An evening with Islamic scholar Dr. Naznin Hirji
With a series of monthly interfaith events, the UPF’s Interfaith Committee has been exploring spirituality from many different traditions. Our February event featured author and Islamic scholar Dr. Naznin Hirji, who talked about how to create the right conditions to experience “the sacred,” a subject at the heart of her doctorate.
“According to the polishing of one’s heart can see the hidden meaning of things,” she said, quoting the 13th Century Persian poet Rumi as saying. The sacred could be found in “the silence that speaks” and “a thread that extends from the heart to the lips.”
Hadia Saad had just returned from attending the 54th UN Congress on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York representing the Alulbayt Foundation in London. She also attended the UPF Parallel CSW event in New York. She shared about both experiences. She was left with the sense that there is still a long way to go to obtain justice for women. She reflected on the position of women in Islam stating that tensions develop when the cultural traditions confine Islamic principles. (read more)