21 September | Westminster gathering of London Peace Network

A few photos from our gathering at Westminster on Friday, ahead of the many peace-building events led by Islamic centres across the capital, the UK and overseas.  Lord Bates kindly welcomed us to Westminster Hall.

The Cordoba Foundation’s Occasional Paper, “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future” was published to coincide with the UN International Day of Peace, with a lead article by the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and a message of support from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Thank you Umar Qureshi (Forum for International Relations Development) for taking the photographs.

Dr Shaffi (Muslim Council of Britain), Sayed Yousif Al-Khoei (MINAB & Al-Khoei Foundation) and Baroness Uddin.

Abdullah Faliq (The Cordoba Foundation), Sayed Ali Abbas Rasawi (Majlis-e-Ulama Europe), Revd Esme Beswick MBE (Christian Muslim Forum), Toufik Kacimi (Muslim Welfare House & Islington Faiths Forum), seated at end of rows.

Anas Altikriti, Chief Executive of The Cordoba Foundation.

Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi (Majlis-e-Ulama Europe) and Revd Nadim Nassar (Awareness Foundation).

Catriona Robertson (Convener, London Peace Network and London Boroughs Faiths Network) and Lord Michael Bates.

Baroness Uddin.

Dr Shaffi, Muslim Council of Britain.

Sayed Yousif Al-Khoei, Al-Khoei Foundation and MINAB.

Shaynul Khan, East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre.

Julian Bond, Christian Muslim Forum.

Abdullah Faliq, Dr Shuja Shaffi, Umar Qureshi, Lord Bates, Julian Bond and Anas Altikriti.

Baroness Uddin and Catriona Robertson

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Peace Awards for brave Iraqi clergy

The Al-Khoei Foundation was packed to hear from the recipients of the awards and from very many distinguished well-wishers.

A reception was held in honour of Sheikh Khalid al-Mulla and Sayyid Jawad al-Khoei for a Peace Prize awarded to them in recognition of their major contributions to peace making in Iraq.

The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East Peace Prize was awarded by The Right Honorable and Most Reverend Lord George Carey at the House of Lords on Thursday 12th July 2012.

Sheikh Khalid al-Mullah, Head of Iraqi Religious Scholars Association in the South; Sayyed Jawad al-Khoei, The Director for Al-Khoei Foundation branch in Najaf- Iraq, have worked together to promote co-existence and reconciliation in Iraq. They have liaised closely with Rev. Dr Andrew White, Chaplain of St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, who was also at the reception and who has worked tirelessly for peace making in Iraq.

Yousif Al-Khoei said, “We hope that together we can recognise and celebrate this interfaith work and the success of these religious leaders to create harmony and friendship between peoples.”