Spiritual Life: Mosques build bridges at open day

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 February 2018

Farouk Ismail, FORMO's chief executive

Farouk Ismail, FORMO's chief executive


Whether one is a person of faith or none, we are all part of the human family.

A very important part of Islam is concerned with the principles governing relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, in that the rights of the human family are fundamental.

The Muslim outlook on coexistence starts from this core principle of universal brotherhood. While beliefs may differ, the whole of humanity needs to be treated with mercy and compassion.

Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) said: “Allah is the most merciful and if you show mercy to the inhabitants of the earth, Allah will have mercy on you.” One of the most important aspects of mercy is to establish good relationships with God, one’s own family as well humanity.

The Muslim community is diverse since it is composed of people from many different cultures and walks of life. Muslims have created their own “comfort zones”, to practise their traditional rituals and customs, but the collective identity is based on our faith in God and the hereafter.

This does not mean we are “less British” than others. This just shows that we have multiple identities.

As a faith group with great internal diversity we understand the importance of building strong connections with other communities, churches and charities. Last year over 10,000 visitors attended the Visit My Mosque open day. And with over 200 mosques taking part on February 18, even more visitors will have attended with the aim of building more bridges between communities, to better understand one another, reduce ignorance and eliminate discrimination of all kinds.

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