September 11th 2007
“To develop solidarity with people from the developing nations; to promote peace via diplomatic means; to promote human rights, peace and justice.”
Third world solidarity organised an ‘All Young Speakers Interfaith Meeting’ on the eve of 6th anniversary of 9/11. The meeting took place in Council Chamber at Town Hall Kensington and Chelsea on 11th September 2007 and was well attended by the all sections of society representing different faiths.
The chairman of Third World Solidarity, Cllr. Mushtaq Lasharie welcomes all the guests and expressed his greatest pleasure to invite Cllr Raza Anjum , 22, from Saffaron Walton to chair the meeting. Cllr Raza Anjum praised the hard work Cllr Lasharie had been putting tirelessly and endlessly in uniting the communities and it was appreciated by all the participants who clapped for Cllr Lasharie.
First speaker representing Christians, Miss Dee Rowe from Notting Hill Church, started her speech by expressing the importance of ‘choice’ in human life. She said she belonged to a poor family background, brought up in council estate environment but it remained her choice to be positive and serve the humanity which she continued to do till today. She insisted that positive actions must not be imposed on people but it must be treated as ‘a choice with good consequences’ and bad actions must be treated as ‘a choice with bad consequences’. Miss Rowe explained three mega narratives of Christianity i.e. Love, Justice and Peace. She said, “It is difficult to love people who hate you but Jesus commands to love them. God Justice is different from Humanity Justice as the later is based on revenge and demand. Peace is what everybody wants and we are here to work for peace.”
Second speaker Mr. Jasdeep Singh Bhatya from Sikh community expressed his enthusiasm and fascination over the slogan of Third World Solidarity i.e. Justice, Peace and Democracy. Britain is build for Justice, Peace and Democracy. Mr. Singh said, “Whether we believe or not, we come from the same source of light. Human rights arise from this sameness. To counter terrorism, we need peace and serve each other. Harmony, Tolerance and Diversity are the important elements to counter terrorism. We have to love ourselves and ourselves in others and love all. Sikhism teaches universal solidarity.”
Third speaker Miss Amina Dahbi Skali from a mixed English-Morocco family background was representing the Muslim faith. She emphasised the importance of spirituality and explained the various dynamics of British society. Regarding Muslim community, she expressed her reservations over the method and process of Islamic education in Britain which involved extremism, rhetoric and no question are allowed to be asked during Islamic education within the institution of Great British. She insisted for a different perception of Community Leaders. Perception must be changed from the people who claim them to be community leaders and must be replaced by those who are Role Models and educated people. Withdrawal of support from the current status quo will enable the communities to find the Role Models from within the communities and all parts of the communities. She said that her work with Culture Centre was the same what UK Government was trying to do base on spirituality, rights and responsibilities.
Spekers of 9/11 event with
Barroness Hanham, Kaiser Imam and Cllr. Mushtaq lasharie, Speakers are
Cllr. Raza Anjum, Ms.Amina Dahbi Skali,
Ms. Dee Rowe, Ms. Jenna Nicholis, Mr. Jasdeep Singh Bhatia, Ms. Abbey Hubbard. View more photos