This week is inter faith week, at Church we’ve a varied programme of activities, several of which are joint with our parish schools.
Not far from Church in Upper Park Road is Manchester Central Mosque. In 1948 a semi detached house was bought in Upper Park Road and from this humble origin has developed one of the largest mosques in Manchester. Today Miss Michael (head teacher St Chrysostom’s CE School) and Miss Booler (Head teacher St John’s CE School) and I visited in time for Zuhr prayer and were warmly welcomed and invited to observe the prayer.
It was impressive that as the men arrived they stood shoulder to shoulder with one another – a sign of unity in humanity before the Creator.
The prayer hall is most impressive with a beautiful carpet and outstanding chandelier. We were told of the significant features of the prayer space and then showed all around the mosque. We learned how the mosque is more and more serving the local muslim community, including having social events, homework clubs etc.
We were made most welcome by Saad, who works as administrator at the Mosque and we met some of the Mosque officials. At the end of the tour we had tea with the Mufti and Head teacher of the Mosque, Mufti Fazle Qayum Subhani . We exchanged greetings and shared common interests with one another, and saw how our schools, churches and mosques share common concerns.
It was an uplifting and friendly meeting and we are sure that further meetings, and conversations will grow from this kind act of hospitality by the people of the Central Mosque.