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Muslim-Jewish forum is five

By Will Astbury

Manchester’s Muslim-Jewish forum is celebrating its fifth birthday with a party.

Since coming together half a decade ago, the forum has created many ties between communities and they are hosting an event on Sunday 18 October to celebrate.

The forum was first convened by the late Henry Guterman MBE and former lord mayor of Manchester Afzal Khan. They organised an informal meeting of Jews, Muslims and others to listen to two  Londoners speak about their efforts  toward a Muslim Jewish dialogue.

The two hosts were Rabbi Herschel Gluck and Imam Ismael Amaan and the talk inspired both communities to remain in partnership.

Manchester Mouth spoke to Mohammed Amin, treasurer of the forum, to find out how it has managed to work so well for so long, he said: “The key point is that in Britain, Muslims and Jews are natural allies; it is only the Middle East situation that divides them.

“We decided that there is nothing Manchester Muslims or Manchester Jews can do to change what happens in the Middle East, so we should just put that to one side and get on with cooperating, and getting to know each other as friends.

“While in theory it was an instrumental relationship when it started, it very quickly progressed beyond that.”

The forum now works to educate members of the Muslim and Jewish communities about their shared values and common Abrahamic history and culture.

It also promotes better understanding within the wider community about both faiths’ common interests and values.

And it will continue to do so for some years.

The birthday celebration takes place at Nicky Alliance Day Centre, Manchester, M8 4JY, between 14:30pm to 17:30pm. It also coincides with the Jewish festival of Succoth so bring a piece of fruit and a leafy branch too.

Tickets cost £5 at the door and people should RSVP to legalactress@gmail.com before Friday 9 October for catering purposes. Kosher/halal food will be provided.

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