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Community that prays together stays together


Muslims, Christians and Jews came together in Hobart on Sunday for an interfaith service the just-completed Islamic West Hobart mosque that was organised by Fr Michael Tate on behalf of the Council of Churches.

CLICK HEREThe Mercury reports that it marked three important periods for all three faiths.

For Muslims, it's the start of the holy month of Ramadhan, for Jews the start of Tishrei holy month, and for Christians it sees the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, known for his love of peace and respect for all living creatures, on 4 October.

Outside the mosque was an array of shoes and inside people of all ages sat on the carpeted floor and almost all females wore scarves.

The Imam of the Hobart mosque Sabri Samson welcomed the 180 present and said he was touched by the turnout. His message to people was to love their neighbours - he said this meant humanity generally - and to live in peace and harmony.

Lay reader with the Progressive Jewish Community at the Hobart Synagogue Len Freedman spoke in a mixture of English and Hebrew.

Fr Tate spoke on St Francis of Assisi and said he hoped the peace of the mosque yesterday reached out. At the end, the three men clasped hands and afterwards talked with the people who stayed for refreshments.

The Islamic community welcomed the service as an opportunity to provide information on the faith. Free copies of the Koran, brochures and computer discs on Islam were available at the entrance to the mosque.

Fr Tate said the service showed Hobartians wanted to think globally but act locally. It showed they wanted to do something in their city to foster peace between the great world religions.

Mainly, the service was publicised through word of mouth. The turnout showed that this "is an idea whose time has come for Hobart" he said.

SOURCE
Community that prays together stays together (The Mercury 21/9/05)

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21 Sep 2005