Approximately thirty people from various backgrounds and faiths gathered at Stockwell Green Mosque this morning for an Interfaith Harmony Breakfast – as event inspired by the United Nation’s World Harmony Week that takes place during the first week of February each year.
The event was hosted by the Stockwell Green Muslim Centre and the Forum for International Relations Development – and promoted by Faith’s Together in Lambeth.
Guests started arriving after 8am. People chatted, caught up with friends, and helped themselves to the fine selection of food and drinks that was laid on by the Mosque.
We sat in a huge round circle to listen to speeches about the inter faith work that has been taking place in the borough. The local Imman opened the event, followed by Toah Quershi MBE (Forum for International Relations Development), Alan Glad (Faiths Together in Lambeth), Catriona Robertson (South London Interfaith Group), and Lance (Metropolitan Police Service – Lambeth Community Liaison Officer) amongst other speakers.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week
Annual UN Observance Week: Feb. 1-7
The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.
The World Interfaith Harmony Weekprovides a platform—one week in a year—when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other groups themselves. This week will allow for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each others’ efforts.
It is hoped that this initiative will provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities.
More information available on the World Interfaith Harmony Week website.