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Muslims and Christians unite in solidarity

Different religious groups attend services together to pray for peace

Dan Cooper

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Muslims and Christians unite in solidarity

MUSLIMS and Christians have been worshipping together in Newbury as a show of religious solidarity.

Last weekend local Christians attended Muslim Friday prayers and local Muslims, in turn, attended a Christian Sunday church service to “pray for greater understanding and peace in the world”.

The Rev Paul Cowan of St George’s Church, Newbury, and Howard Grace, a member of Newbury Quakers, attended Friday prayers in Thatcham as guests of the local Muslim community, and then Mohammad Tahir, Shahzad Nadeem and other members of the local Muslim community joined the congregation of St George’s for their Sunday service.

Mr Cowan said: “There are many events happening across the world that can too easily generate fear, distrust and division between people of different faiths and cultures.

“After the tragic murder of the Roman Catholic priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, in northern France back in July, I was struck by the positive power of photographs the following week showing Muslims attending Christian services of worship as an act of solidarity.

“What a perfect response to those who wish to sow division and hate. This has been our own small act of that same solidarity locally.”

Mr Tahir said: “There are striking similarities between people of all religions, which becomes apparent when we attend each other’s religious ceremonies.

“And on a deeper level, we are all humans, we are all from the same race. There has always been more that unites us than what divides, but attempts of instilling hate and distance between people of varying cultures, ethnicities and religions can sometimes fog those elements of commonality.”

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  • NewburyDenizen

    31/10/2016 - 12:12

    If these people need an imaginary friend to get them through the day, so be it, but don't waste news space reporting on the weak of will.

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  • quadnewbury

    31/10/2016 - 10:10

    Religion is a load of rubbish. it has caused more wars and deaths than anything else on earth. if there was a god, (who the church tells us is supposed to love and watch over everyone) then why would he let all the terrible things around the world happen like earthquakes, floods, and terrorist acts which kill thousands of innocent people.I think with less, even better, no religion in the world it would be a better place for everyone to live in.

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  • Blizzard

    31/10/2016 - 01:01

    Don't pray for peace in the world. Do something about it. Otherwise it words fallen on a God that most likely doesn't exist, and if it does will be doing a face plant for the crimes being done in her name. I'm assuming God is female, as only a woman knows how to get into a man's head and get him to do something bloody stupid.

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  • Ihavenonickname

    30/10/2016 - 18:06

    Great to see. Well done all those who took part. Pity my church didn't tell me about the event as I would have attended our of solidarity!

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