On Sunday, November 26th, the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester organized an event at Salford Civic Centre in Swinton. This was to mark the 10th Annual Global Season of Twinning between Muslims and Jews, an initiative of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in New York.
All the speakers stressed the importance of mixing with people outside one's own faith and culture, and the need to spread unity and peace especially following the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in May.
The Forum's next event is in February 2018 when they will have their annual kosher meal at JS Restaurant in Prestwich. The Forum will show solidarity with the newly refurbished establishment following an anti-Semitic arson attack on the restaurant in the summer.
On November 27th, Qaisra Shahraz, Co-Chair Faith Network 4 Manchester took part in the launching of the #WeStandTogether campaign in the presence of Greater Manchester mayors, Cllr Shadab of Oldham & Cllr Eddy. Few days later, FN4M convened a Muslim-Jewish women event at the Maccabi Sport Centre where attendees got to know each other and enjoyed sport activities.
FFEU thanks the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester and Faith Network 4 Manchester for being part of its global twinning movement and for spreading peace and unity in their city.
Manchester is home to the second largest Jewish community in the UK. The Muslim community in Manchester is exceptionally diverse. While the largest component is of Pakistani origin, most Muslim majority countries are represented, as well as increasing numbers of converts.
Qaisra Shahraz part of The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) global network joined the Oldham Festival of Light celebrating Divali, Christmas, Hannukah and Prophet Mohammed's birthday. It was an amazing night of diversity, unity and inclusion, which featured young Indian dancers, girls reciting nasheed and learning about Hannukah among many performances. Mayor of Oldham Cllr Shadab Qumer was also in attendance to enjoy the festivity.