The UN’s International Day of Peace, which is marked each year on 21 September, falls on a Friday this year.
Local Islamic centres across the UK and overseas will be coming together as usual for Friday Prayers (Salaatul-Jamu’a). This year, they will also be leading their local communities in marking the International Day of Peace.
They are inviting visitors to join them during or after Friday Prayers to exchange messages of peace, to celebrate local peace-building activities and to enjoy the hospitality offered.
Local schools, churches, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras and community organisations are invited to observe the day by accepting these invitations.
Some Islamic centres in the UK are pairing up with a nearby church, religious community or school and linking their observance of the International Day of Peace to similar pairs overseas. The growing list includes centres in:
Bosnia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Nigeria, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, India, USA, Iraq, Ghana and Lebanon.
The following Muslim leaders invite you to take part in marking the International Day of Peace this year:
Yousif Al-Khoei OBE, Al-Khoei Islamic CentreDilowar Khan, East London Mosque and London Muslim CentreProfessor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Organisation of Islamic CooperationDr Mustafa Cerić, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-HerzegovinaMaulana Sarfraz Madni, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board Farooq Murad, Muslim Council of Britain Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Majlis-e-Ulama Europe Anas Altikriti, The Cordoba Foundation
You will find messages of peace from nine of the world religions on the flyer. Peace One Day, which works each year for a Global Truce, will be live-streaming some of the activities during the day and featuring them at their Peace Concert that evening.
If you would like to participate – by inviting visitors to your local Islamic centre or by receiving an invitation to visit – please get in touch. All participants will be acknowledged and we’ll be celebrating all the activities later in the year.