STATEMENT

Terrorist Attack at Finsbury Park Mosque London on 19 June 2017

Blackburn with Darwen Interfaith Forum, comprising all 6 major world faiths being practiced in Blackburn with Darwen, express our outright shock and horror at what has happened and unreservedly condemn this atrocious and vicious attacks on innocent and vulnerable people that has killed and injured so many. Our prayers, thoughts and sympathies are with all those who are affected in any way.

This is a particularly cowardly act as worshipers were leaving a Mosque after Prayers at the opening of the Fast during the Holy month of Ramadan. We want to make it clear that we as the Interfaith Forum, working with all the 6 major world Faiths, pledge our support and commitment to good and friendly relationships with all Muslims and condemn this attack unreservedly.  We therefore urge all people to work together, with the authorities, to bring those responsible to justice.

In the face of this unspeakably aggressive and hate filled act we call on everyone to redouble their efforts to live in peaceful cooperative relationships with neighbours and others, of whatever Faith or non, as Loving one another and living in Peace is far stronger than hate filled acts will ever be. (Blackburn with Darwen Interfaith Forum)

Jew and Muslim members of the Interfaith Forum pay tribute to the victims of the Manchester attack of 22 May 2017

In solidarity and togetherness, members of the Interfaith Forum from Blackburn travelling together to Manchester and prayed for the victims of the Manchester attack. It touched many hearts when a Jewish woman, Renee Rachel Black, and a Muslim man, Sadiq Patel, visited the Albert Square in Manchester on Tuesday.

On Monday night, at least 22 people, including women and children, were killed and many other were injured in a suicide blast at the Manchester Arena after US singer Ariana Grande finished her performance. An eight-year-old girl and an off-duty female police officer were also among the dead.

As Black began to cry, Patel comforted her; “What can you say?” Black said when asked about her reaction to the terror attack, CNN TV network reported. It was a moving moment when Patel was comforting Black. Undoubtedly, it was a message of resilience to terrorists, when Black and Patel both walk back together from the vigil site. The news was covered by many national and international TV channels and newspapers.   

The news coverage of the story:

http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/24/imam-and-jewish-woman-show-solidarity-for-manchester-bombing-victims-6659942/

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/24/europe/manchester-attack-joint-prayer/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/well-through-together-touching-moment-10491477

https://www.jfedbflo.com/jta/1379201

https://www.longroom.com/discussion/497992/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0YrdCAn6bY

http://expressdigest.com/muslim-imam-and-jewish-woman-pray-for-manchester-victims/

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3641368/manchester-bombing-terror-attack-tributes-imam-prays-jewish-woman/?CMP=Spklr-_-Editorial-_-TheSun-_-News-_-TwImageandlink-_-Statement-_-TWITTER

http://infos1.net/en/muslim-and-jewish-woman-pray-after-manchester-attack/

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/5/25/15693148/jewish-woman-muslim-man-pray-solidarity-manchester-terror-bomb-unity

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1105116/world

http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/watch-a-93-year-old-jewish-woman-and-a-muslim-man-mourn-together-in-manchester/

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2017/05/25/Muslim-man-comforts-elderly-Jewish-woman-at-Manchester-memorial.html

http://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/pleasure-all-mine/the-strategy-solidarity-1410760

Manchester Arena Attack

Blackburn with Darwen Interfaith Forum, comprising all 6 major world faiths being practiced in Blackburn with Darwen, express our outright shock and horror at what has happened and unreservedly condemn this atrocious and vicious attack on innocent and vulnerable people which has killed and injured so many. Our prayers, thoughts and sympathies are with all those who are affected in any way and their families.

We urge all people to work together, with the authorities, to bring those responsible for this callous and inhumane act to justice and stand in solidarity with others against all acts of terror.

Blackburn with Darwen Interfaith Forum

23rd May 2017

 

Who are we?

The Interfaith Forum (formerly the Interfaith Council) was launched in December 1999 and since then has worked continuously to build stronger links between faith communities and to promote community cohesion and social inclusion within Blackburn with Darwen.

Since it inception, Interfaith Forum has become a trusted forum for exchange between the different faiths in the Borough.

What do we do?

The Interfaith Forum aims:

  • To work together to foster understanding and cooperation between the faith communities in Blackburn with Darwen
  • To increase understanding of the positive role that the faith communities can play in society
  • To improve the quality of life of local people by working together on agreed projects in order to demonstrate our commitment to working in partnership between people of different faiths.

Why?

Faith communities in the Borough, as well as throughout UK, are making Britain one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. The Interfaith Forum provides an opportunity for people of different faiths to discuss issues of shared concern and work together to promote understanding and co-operation, recognising the common issues facing communities across faith boundaries as well as identifying the problems of marginalised and socially excluded groups.

How do we get involved?

The Forum’s membership is determined from nominations from respected faiths. Members of the following historic world faiths who have members living within the Borough may each appoint up to four members:

  • the Christian community
  • the Muslim community
  • the Hindu community
  • the Jewish community
  • the Sikh community
  • the Buddhist community