journeys at home and abroad
Why not? When the conference ended I zipped up to Kilburn on my bike and joined an erudite audience of Muslim clerics (Sunni and Shi’a), Christian clergy and others. Christian-Muslim relations were reported as good in Ghana, as were Sunni-Shi’a relations and even Muslim-Ahmadiyya relations.
Afterwards, we were invited around the corner to the Al Khoei Foundation (I popped in to see the beautiful mosque next door – Iranian-style tiling in white, turquoise and dark blue, exquisite calligraphy and glass chandeliers). Here the atmosphere was more informal, with quite a few Ghanaians and people from the Caribbean, as well as Maulana Shahid Raza OBE, Chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, and leading clerics from the Al Khoei Foundation.
There was universal regret and frustration with the current situation in Bahrain from both Sunni and Shi’a clerics. A powerful speech was made supporting freedom, human rights and democracy in the North African and Middle Eastern countries which have been in the news recently.
But the two thoughts in my mind as I cycled back to south London were –
It was a lovely evening and wholly appropriate for the Monday of Holy Week.