A joint event was held in Kirkcaldy by the Central Mosque and Fife Interfaith Group on the afternoon of the 12 October 2019. It was well attended by about 30 people of 5 different faiths and the object was to interact in an informal way and try and find out more about each other.
The event started with a short presentation by Iain Liston, Chairman of Fife Interfaith Group, stressing the purpose of Interfaith as a means to achieve greater understanding between different Faiths and Communities in Fife. After this Imam Mansoor Mahmood gave a presentation which explained the purpose of a Mosque not only as a religious centre but also as a community centre. It is here that the five daily prayers are held and also classes to teach the children about Islam and the Koran. It is also a centre where everyone can meet for socials and meetings and is open to anyone of any faith who wishes to visit and even pray in his own way there. At the end of the presentation the Imam showed the final plans for new the Mosque which is still under construction and this is hoped to be completed by December next year. The plans were very interesting and they were inclusive of the general community not exclusive to the Muslim community and included a play area for all children. This presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session.
There were 6 stalls representing Islam, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fife Interfaith Group, Kirkcaldy Food Bank, NHS and Dementia Friendly for people to look at and discuss with the stall holders. Excellent refreshments were available including some delicious homemade Asian treats which were enjoyed by all and there were many lively conversations among those attending. Everyone left feeling uplifted and with a greater understanding of what we all have in common.
Business Meeting Kirkcaldy Central Mosque 8 October 2019
An excellent meeting was held in Kirkcaldy Central Mosque which included the plans for "Put the Ketttle on" -for details see opposite column next Saturday 12 October. Finalising plans for Scottish Interfaith Week. On November 13 at 7.30pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Kirkcaldy there will be a talk by Mike Haines OBE founder of Global Acts of Unity spreading love and tolerance in the world. A visit to Sikh Gurdwara in Edinburgh on Saturday 18 November at 2pm and working with Kirkcaldy Food Bank during Scottish Interfaith Week
Plans are also being made to work with the Mosque helping homeless people, visits to Youth Clubs, further help to Kirkcaldy Food Bank, meeting with other Faiths and generally being more active in the community.
Scottish Interfaith Week
Visit to Edinburgh Gurdwara
1 Sheriff Brae Leith Edinburgh EH6 6EQ
Saturday 9 November 2019 2- 4pm
Please meet at the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) at 1.45pm
8th Annual Interfaith Lecture
Wednesday 13 November 2019 7.30pm
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Winifred Crescent Kirkcaldy KY2 5SX
Mike Haines OBE
Founder of Global Acts of Unity
Tickets are free are available on Eventbrite.co.uk
David Haines OBE's brother was an aid worker in Syria and was executed on TV by ISIS
His story tells of how he went from revenge to talk about love and tolerance becoming a beacon in the world
There will be an exit collection for funds for Global Acts of Unity