Thank you to our Muslim brothers and sisters…

Thank you to our Muslim brothers and sisters…

Following the horrendous bom0bings and violence in Sri Lanka many people around the world were either unable to attend their place of worship or did so with fear and trepidatio

Even for those of us fortunate enough to live in a place where we can sometimes take our freedoms for granted we attended our Church this Sunday with a deep sense of sadness.

We were therefore touched to discover waiting on our doorstep some beautiful flowers accompanied by a letter of peace and solidarity from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque and the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Cardiff.

They, like us, offered prayers for the victims in Sri Lanka, for those affected by terrorism and for a future of peace and harmony across peoples and nations.

The theme of our post-Easter service was peace and community and here was a clear example in practice from our Muslim brothers and sisters.

We send our thanks to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, our condolences to those in grief and our prayers for a world of peace.

Jesus taught us to love our neighbours. We feel loved by ours. We have more in common than that which divides us.

Wesley Methodist Church

Canton, Cardiff

Religions have so much in common

We have had the attacks at the mosque in Christchurch, the churches in Sri Lanka and now the attacks on the synagogue in San Diego.

Institutions of all three of these Abrahamic faiths have now been the subject of terror. Islam’s major figure, Muhammad, descended from Ishmael, a son of Abraham. Judaism’s main figure, Jacob, and Christianity’s, Jesus, both descended from Isaac, who was also a son of Abraham.

Their shared God made a covenant with Abraham, which applies directly to Jews and Arabs through circumcision and indirectly through baptism and communion to Gentiles.

Why does there need to be so much animosity between these faiths when they have more in common than divides them?

Cllr Jonathan Bishop

Efail Isaf


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