On 1 May, an interfaith gathering took place at the London Muslim Centre in support of Islamic Relief’s DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Those present at the meeting shared pertinent words of hope and generosity from the British community at a time of great need in Nepal.
Jon Dal Din, from Westminster Interfaith, attended on behalf of the diocese and the Christian-Muslim Forum. He addressed those in attendance, quoting Pope Francis’s words and prayers for those affected by the earthquake, emphasizing ‘fraternal solidarity' which he applied to the multi-faith presence at the Mosque that day, and the importance of working together in times of crisis.
Also in attendance were CAFOD, The Movement for Reform Judaism, Muslim Charities Forum, Muslim Council of Britain, and the Christian-Muslim Forum. Rabbi Laura Klaus-Jenner, from the Movement for Reform Judaism, had first-hand experience of being in an earthquake and could relate to the situation in Nepal on a personal level.
Over £6,000 was collected for Islamic Relief’s aid appeal for Nepal at that Friday Prayer Meeting. Everybody was grateful that different faith communities could gather together in a sign of solidarity and respect for those in need in Nepal.