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National Launch of 'Not In Our Faith' & Interfaith Week Events at ICC

Tuesday 15 November 2016

In Celebration of Interfaith week, The Islamic Cultural Centre - London hosted a special interfaith event, where more than 12 different faiths were represented by over 150 faith leaders who were also joined by senior members of the Home Office, Members of Parliament and Embassy representatives also attended the meeting.

This event presented a platform from which The Islamic Cultural Centre launched its national 'Not in Our Faith' campaign.

The 'Not in Our Faith' project supports the following aims:
  1. The right to freely practice faith
  2. To emphasise that the practice of faith is based on prophetic teachings / scriptures of peace, righteousness, moral and ethic codes, forgiveness, humility, kindness and compassion.
  3. To 'Build a Stronger Britain' by strengthening communities through faith.
  4. To denounce all forms of Terrorism, extremism and hate in the name of faith.
120 Faith organisations have currently signed up to the charter since the launch took place.

Mr Ayaz Zuberi - Head of Public Relations conveyed the Director General - Dr. Ahmad Al Dubayan's apologies for not being able to attend the special event, to launch this important national campaign for which he sent his blessings and good wishes. On behalf of Dr Dubayan, Mr. Zuberi welcomed representatives from all different faiths & backgrounds to ICC and emphasised the need for collaboration and unity between all the faith groups present in order to strengthen ties between us and to foster better community relations. The event was hosted by Mr Peter Abdul Majeed Bennetts - Interfaith Co-ordinator and the speakers included:

Dr. Abdulaziz Alwasil - Outgoing Deputy Head of Mission for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia - London

Sheikh Khalifa Ezzat - Head Imam
The London Central Mosque Trust

Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE
Chairman of the Arab-Jewish Forum

Master Shih Chuehyun
Fo Guang Shan Bhuddist Temple

Rev Jon Dal Din
Director of Westminster Interfaith
Roman Catholic

Mr Satya Minhas
President of Hindu Council

Rev. Laurence Hillel
Church of England

Mr Laurence Julius
Member of th Board of Deputies
of British Jews

Professor Harbhajan Singh
Sikh Community Leader

Ms Louise Rogers
Unitarian Church Representative

Marigold Bentley
Asst General Secretary, Quaker Committee

Mrs Phiroza Gan-Kotwal
Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe

Counter Extremism Strategy Round Table Meeting at the ICC

Prior to the launch of the 'Not in our faith' charter, a roundtable discussion in partnership with the Home Office on the governments 'Counter Extremism Strategy' took place.

The Centre warmly welcomed Head of Local Delivery for The Office of Counter-Extremism, Mr Oliver Levinson, as the chief guest from the Home Office, who lead the discussion with faith leaders from across the local areas.

The session was extremely successful in bringing together faith leaders from every religious group to affirm that faith groups & religious organisations are assets to our multicultural and cosmopolitan society and have no link to extremism or harmful ideologies.

Mr Ayaz Zuberi on behalf of Dr Dubayan and The Islamic Cultural Centre expressed his gratitude to all the 40 attendees and reinforced ICC's commitment to working with the wider community to tackle and denounce all forms of extremism and terrorism no matter where it takes place in the world. Mr Zuberi concluded by saying that he looked forward to working with the faith communities and the Home Office to further the 'Not in Our Faith' national campaign.

All Photos Courtesy of Lucy Waheed ©

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