Mosques will mark the International Day of Peace during Friday sermons
Message of no tolerance for hate or violence The worshippers of the All-Merciful are they who tread gently upon the earth, and when the ignorant address them, they reply, Peace! Qur'an 25:63
The Muslim Council (MCB) is urging all mosques and Islamic associations in Britain to celebrate the International Day of Peace
in their Friday sermons tomorrow, 21 September.
The MCB encourages all imams and khatibs to mark the day in their khutbas (sermons), with calls for calm, and respect for religious beliefs and tolerance. Debate rages over films, cartoons and other insults which denigrate the Prophet of Islam
, Muhammad (peace be upon him)
It is important that our brothers and sisters in Islamic institutions up and down the country reassure the Muslim community in this time of unprecedented challenges.
We urge them to seize this opportunity to reflect on the peaceful message of our religion, and our Prophet, peace be upon him, whatever others might be doing to incite hatred. We must show no tolerance for that hatred: it must not claim us, nor we allow ourselves to be cowed by those who would seek to demonise our faith or religious figures.
We have a collective responsibility to seek dialogue where there is deafness, to heal where there is pain, and to reach out and light the way ahead when others accuse of us being 'backward' or 'savages'.
Mosques up and down the country will be opening their doors tomorrow and welcoming in outsiders, many for the first time.
have, for the most part, remained dignified and measured in the face of repeated insults to their Prophet (pbuh), during controversy over the disgraceful film in the United States, and cartoons released in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this week.
The MCB will be holding a special press event soon to update media on reaction to the 'Prophet video' scandal and to outline an action plan to work together for better understanding and peace. Events:
London Muslim Centre 1-2.45pm, special khutbah
and follow-up video & discussion Guidance for Khutba (Friday Sermon):
MINAB khutbah guidance
to mosques and Islamic centres MCB details:
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