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Anniversary of Gaza bombings coincides with day Moses freed the Jews

Scots Muslims and Jews will come together this week in a show of unity to mark one year on since the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

The 22-day bombing campaign named Operation Cast Lead which killed 1,400 Palestinians began on Dec 27th which this year coincides with the day of Ashura, when Muslims believe that Moses delivered the Israelites from Pharaoh in the famous incident when the sea parted.

Muslims normally mark the day by refraining from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset, and will be joined by members of the Jewish community in the act this year to draw attention to the situation in Gaza.

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Delivered by Osama Saeed at an event on Preventing Violent Extremism as part of Edinburgh’s Festival of Spirituality and Peace – 17th August 2009 at St John’s Church

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Letter of the week in Holyrood Magazine

When Plato in his Republic established justice as one of the cardinal virtues, he did so in the knowledge that striving to match a person’s actions with their due desserts was pivotal in promoting social stability and the ideal of fairness. The human desire to be shown mercy is just as primal, and it is this desire that is the main mover in our showing mercy to others.

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Muslims around the world eagerly await the coming of every Ramadan, the annual season of reflection, repentance and renewal. The month of fasting begins with the sighting of the new moon, this year around 20th August, and ends with the arrival of ‘Eid al-Fitr: a day of celebration and thanksgiving for the blessings of the past 29 or 30 days.

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Poster-SpittinLight2The Spittin’ Light, Healing the Hood gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh over the weekend were simply superb. Everyone had their own favourite lines, moments and artists e.g.:

  • Edinburgh… It’s special, it’s special, it’s special… SPECIAL! (Mecca 2 Medina)
  • You’re beautiful, you’re a star! (Poetic Pilgrimage)
  • Hallelujah, Alhamdulillah… Hallelujah (Amir Sulaiman)

Videos will be out soon. I’d like to give due props to our partners at Radical Middle Way, who we were very excited to be working with on this, and who we look forward to collaborating in future with too.

We had some murmurings of discontent before the events from some questioning the religious credentials of this event. Some even suggested that the realms of Islam and culture should be kept separate.

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Muslims Offer to Guard City Synagogue

Click image for the Scotsman story

In response to the shocking news of the attack on the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, today several mosques in the city will use the Friday prayer sermon as an opportunity to address the issue. Below are guidance notes sent by SIF to Edinburgh’s imams:

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