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Islam Awareness Week 2011

25/03/2011

Having just got back from another launch of Islam Awareness Week, I am impressed and inspired by the work they are doing. Faith and Climate Change has been involved in IAW for 3 years now and have attended and contributed to many events from one on how we manage waste and recycling in our homes to Islamic principles in leadership and management.

Tonight they launched Plain Islam a website to help provide Islam and Muslims to non specialist audiences in a way that is clear, simple and accessible.

The purpose is not to preach the message of Islam, but to show the essence of Islam and the practice of Muslim culture as they are, because the debates around Islam have now become an important barrier to social cohesion. We thus hope to enhance understanding in a way that is objective and self-critical.

There is a lot of work still to do to engage faith communities across Birmingham, to build relationships and develop friendships.  Focussing on areas like the environment can bring us together with a common purpose but its the way we relate to one another that is crucial.

 

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