Over 400 visitors including the Lord MAyor and local MP Ian Austen dropped into the pop up shop opened by DBIN in Dudley during Interfaith Week. Thanks to Dudley Metropolitain Borough Council DBIN was able to welcome people to chat, light a candle, pray or just have a coffee while looking at the displays from a variety of faiths practised in Dudley.
A coachload of Interfaith members and friends spent Remembrance Day 2013 at Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. It had special significance to visit the tomb o f the unknown soldier on that day, a dark and rainy autumn afternoon. The Abbey made a deep impressionon all of us, but especially a member who had been educated under colonial rule in Kenya and who was overcome to find herself in front of the tombs of Kings and Queens about whom she had learnt so far away.
DBIN was invited to share in this colourful festival of Dance at the Shree Krishna Gujarati Centre in Dudley. It was an open meeting and we were also given a tour of thetemple and the stories around this festival explained.
DBIN has been updating some of its documents and bringing its register of members up to date. The new constitution will be presented to members at a Special General Meeting on TUESDAY OCTOBER 8TH at 6.45 at Shree Gijarati Hindu Centre in Hope St Dudley DY2 8RS.
To view the new constitution please click on the link . DBIN Constitution August 2013
The oneness of the communities of Dudley was celebrated last night by our chair Rev Andrew Wickens, who spoke at Dudley Central Mosque on the occasion of their Grand Iftar, the ritual breaking of the fast during the month of Ramadan. Christians Hindus and Sikhs gathered to visit the mosque and to join in the Iftar, learning more about this tradition so central to the practice of Islam.
Just in case you have not seen this on the activity calender – DBIN Peace Walk tomorrow evening. Meet at Top Church, St Thomas and St Lukes, near Asda and The Venue, at 6.00. Click link to see route. Do hope you can join us.
A brilliant evening at Dudley Central Mosque last night where over 60 people from Muslim Christian Hindu Sikh and no faith backgrounds came together to hear what Muslims have to say about recent events nationally and locally. We observed evening prayers, listened to two Imams explaining some of the underlying beliefs and practices of Islam, and then ate a wonderful meal together provided by the mosque. A great chance to learn and share.
Statement from the Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK
We learned with deep shock and great sadness of the murder of a young member of the armed forces in Woolwich yesterday afternoon. Such acts of violence and terror have no place in our society.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family.
The attackers linked their actions with the religion of Islam. Statements from major national Muslim bodies have, in the ensuing hours, condemned the act in the strongest terms and stressed its lack of connection to – and complete contradiction of – teachings of Islam. Even so, there have been attacks on two mosques over the course of the last 24 hours and concerns expressed about the possibility of further attack.
Our thoughts and prayers are also with any whose places of worship or personal safety are affected.
In the wake of this terrible attack, all who share a commitment to a peaceful, safe and just society have a vital role to play in strengthening community bonds and working for greater understanding and mutual support at times of difficulty.
Dr Manazir Ahsan MBE (Co-Chair)
The Revd Bob Fyffe (Co-Chair)
Dr Girdari Lal Bhan (Vice-Chair)
Mr Mohinder Singh Chana (Vice-Chair)
Mr Dorab Mistry (Vice-Chair)
Mr Vivian Wineman (Vice-Chair)
Reactions from the local Muslim community have been swift and clear. Please see below one of these:-
A condemnation message from the Halesowen Asian elderly association:
We Muslims strongly condemn the remorseless attack that was carried out by two barbaric and heartless called Muslims on the British soldier in Woolwich.
Islam is a religion of peace and harmony and an act like this has no room in Islam.
If killing people like this was a justifiable act and a creditable act then the first person to carry out such acts would have been the best of creation prophet Muhammad peace be upon him himself.
But his character and mercy was such that he even forgave those that inflicted pain on his close family members.
We find many narrations where the prophet puh, showed his mercy towards the non Muslims.
Once the prophet puh,was asked to invoke god against polytheists, he replied; I was not sent out for cursing was sent out as a mercy.
On another occasion the prophet puh said: he who does not show mercy to people, will not be shown mercy by Allah.
Therefore killing people in the name Islam is totally against the teachings of Islam and those who take part in such acts thinking they have pleased god, have not pleased him, but rather have earned his anger and wrath.
May Allah protects us all, and our sympathy and condolences goes towards the victims family.
Community Care and Development Officer