Heald Green Churches Together and Cheadle Mosque had their first interfaith event of the year on Monday 22nd Feb covering the topic of Charity. Generosity plays a huge part in both the Muslim and Christian faiths and speakers from both faith groups addressed a packed audience at Christ Church in Heald Green.
Father Paul Lomas talked about our love of God, this love similarly extends to our family and neighbours and it is this love that drives our desire to be charitable and generous to those around us.
The Muslim perspective of charity can be made clear by the very succinct messages from the Prophet Muhammed (saw) who said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) also said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people then asked: “(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?” The Prophet replied: “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked: “If he cannot find even that?” He replied: “He should help the needy who appeal for help.”…… (Bukhari)
Following the excellent speeches from Father Paul Lomas and Salim Sidi-Boumedine, we heard about the audience’s personal experiences of charitable work. Peter Burns, a director of the Wellspring spoke about the great work that they do in supporting the homeless in Stockport, through regular meal provision, education and doctor/dentist medical care amongst many other services.
Yasmin Desnavi spoke about Unity Community and their fabulous work in providing regular food drop offs helping those families in Manchester that are struggling to make ends meet.
Faryal Minhas spoke about her very personal experience of working for Humanitarian charities abroad and the real difference such charities make. She spoke also about the important place her faith plays in driving her in this work; indeed it was inspiring to many of us to similarly get involved in such work
Following the talks, there was a chance for discussion over a “cuppa” and biscuits – it was a lovely event and the teams are keen to make this a regular occurrence – highlighting the importance and positive place faith plays in the 21st century as well as emphasising the important similarities we share across the Christian and Muslim faiths.
We thank all those that attended.