On the 7th March, London based Imam Abdullah Hasan (Imams Against Domestic Abuse) visited and spoke at a Jewish primary school as part of a groundbreaking interfaith project.
Imam Abdullah addressed students at Rosh Pinah primary last week, speaking at the school assembly before engaging with fifth and sixth year classes.
Organised by the Joseph Interfaith Foundation (JIF) as a part of its “Confronting Antisemitism and Islamophobia” project, the Imam spoke about charity, prayer, halal food and fasting, in Islam.
Imam Hasan said he was “very pleased to have participated”. After being introduced by Rabbi David Lister at the assembly, who along with Hasan sits on the National Council of Imams and Rabbis of the foundation, the Imam then answered questions from students in their classes.
“Such interfaith interactions provide the foundation for mutual respect and genuine cooperation between the Muslim and Jewish communities.”
Rabbi Jonathan Spector, Deputy Head of Rosh Pinah said “it was an excellent morning” that the children found fascinating and “learnt a tremendous amount”.
“It was pitched at just the right level and the Imam did a brilliant job explaining difficult things in a child friendly way.”
Mehri Niknam, Executive Director of JIF commended Rosh Pinah “for showing leadership in promoting greater community cohesion”, in becoming the first primary school to invite an Imam.
The Joseph Interfaith Foundation has been running this project at Muslim schools for the last two years and is now expending it to Jewish primary and secondary schools.
Source: Jewish News