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Manchester Muslims donate to Christian Community Centre

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Lost in all the noise and recrimination of modern Islamophobia about mosques and minarets and burkas and whatnot, is the simple fact that the vast majority of muslims, jews and christians are neighbors, and members of the same civic fabric, and act accordingly towards common interests. Case in point:

A project to transform a derelict church has received a £52,000 donation – from the mosque across the road.

The money will be used to fund the restoration of the former United Reformed Church on Stockport Road in a bid to create Levenshulme Inspire, a multi-use community centre.

Bohra Mosque, which opened two years ago as Manchester’s first eco- mosque, made the donation – and religious leaders hope the money will be used to help community and symbolize successful inter-faith relationships in Levenshulme.

Dr Mustafa Abdulhussein, trustee at the Bohra mosque said: “Levenshulme Inspire promises to be the most beneficial project in decades for the youth of the area and certainly deserves the support it has got.

“I am sure it will be a huge asset to Levenshulme and the mosque is pleased to contribute to it.”

Levenshulme Inspire, which will contain apartments, office and worship space, community rooms and a cafe, is due to open in October.

It aims to become the heart of Levenshulme’s community while helping the most disadvantaged people in the area.

I am incidentally very proud to call Mustafa Abdulhussein a dear personal friend of mine for many years.

UPDATE: and here’s a wealthy Jewish philanthropist building a mosque.



  • Mary

    The world would be a better place if we stopped trying to force other people to accept our beliefs and just learn from each other.

  • http://theworkofthepeople.blogspot.com/2010/07/scott-c-alexander-on-interreligious.html Travis Reed

    Amen…

  • Mark McKenzie

    This was a very kind and good deed, and we could definitely use more kind and good deeds. However, we are not brought into salvation through kind and good deeds, but by the grace of God through faith in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross according to the New Testament. What a great joy it would be to continue to be neighbors throughout eternity, but it will not happen without accepting God’s plan of salvation through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • http://hispeaceuponus.com Dustin

    Thanks for sharing this Aziz. I would love to see Muslims and Christians doing more things together in their neighborhoods. We may disagree on significant issues, but there is still a lot of good we could do together.

  • Sharifah

    MarkMakenzie Allah(God) will determine who will be neighbors in eternity. Your statement would never make me seek your teachings. Your behavior & attitude may, hence the need for interfaith relations. Peace(Salaam)

  • http://Sharifah Anthony

    Brother Mark MaKenzie does not speak for the Hearts of all Men of Faith-
    Good Deeds, indeed, will bring us closer to Salvation. His statement was prophetically there very reason the world –as Jesus said–is Blind–
    It is the Lord, God who will determine who will be neighbours for Eternity, and certainly not those of us who Judge-
    Never bite the hand that feeds you, either-
    And, that is a prescription I am certain all faiths adhere to-
    Thank you, Brother Sharifah-
    And, your Heart, I am certain is in the Right Place, too Brother Mark-
    The Proof of Man’s imperfection is confirmed by our yearning to be in Union with our Lord, to seek his Perfection, and not to transform ourselves into Judging lords(lower “L”)-
    We must be careful when we Judge, Brother Mark-

  • RedeemedSinner Jackie

    I agree with Mark’s statement. Mark is not judging, he is only giving you the truth directly from the Holy Bible.
    John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
    You are right,God will decide where we will go for etenity. Jesus said that He and the Father(God) are one. John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
    Doing for others is very good, however, the Apostle Paul says it this way:
    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
    If the adults who are in charge of the Community Center are followers of Jesus Christ, can lovingly instruct and show the youth how God through Jesus Christ can change hearts then the center is a blessing to all. Blessings to all.

  • http://houstonlocalmarketing.com Doug Ison

    Thank You Aziz … for you encouraging comments on unity, and the bringing to awareness of the generosity of men of all faiths as we work together to make this a better world and prepare ourselves for the world to come. We are all hear to promote peace, happiness and faith.
    It does sadden me to see even strife about the topic here… my those so called Christians that cannot get passed their own self righteousness. Our very lives depend on our humble relationship with our creator, all though the way is declared and the debt is paid, those who cause others to stumble may find themselves in a hole they cannot get out of. I would rather be the man helping the wounded on the side of the road than the self-righteous religious man who passes by on the other side. I hope to meet you along the way Aziz.
    Doug

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