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Bishop Christopher visits Muslim Community

Last Thursday, Bishop Christopher paid a visit to representatives of the Muslim community in Coventry to share his condolences and express his solidarity with them following the horrific terrorist attacks at two mosques in New Zealand on the 15th March, which claimed the lives of 50 people.

Bishop Christopher and Fred Kratt, the Bishop’s Research Assistant, were warmly welcomed at the Zeenatul Islam Mosque on Stoney Stanton Road by Dr Abdullah Shehu (Chair of the Coventry Muslim Forum, pictured left of Bishop Christopher), Mr Ghulam Vohra and a delegation of other Muslim leaders.

After a meeting in which Bishop Christopher was able to express his sense of moral outrage at the New Zealand mosque massacres, and share his deep condolences for all who are suffering, the Bishop was given a guided tour of the mosque and invited to observe as his Muslim hosts conducted their midday prayers. After prayers, Bishop Christopher was given the opportunity to meet worshippers and express his solidarity with them individually.

Reflecting on the visit, and on seeing the prayers in particular, Bishop Christopher shared with Dr Shehu and the other leaders present that it was a privilege for him to both literally and figuratively 'watch over' his Muslim friends as they exercised their freedom to worship in safety.