Prayers for Peace on the Eve of 7/7


Prayers for Peace on the eve of 7/7

Bishop Richard speaks at Regent’s Park Mosque

The Forum’s Anglican President, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, was a keynote speaker at London Central Mosque on the eve of 7th July.  Faith leaders were invited by the Mosque and the Muslim Council of Britain to commemorate those who died ten years ago and to offer prayers for peace.

Bishop Richard had assisted at the funeral of one of those killed on 7/7 and reflected on our responsibilities today.

“The question of how we live well together is one of the biggest issues of the twenty-first century.  If it goes wrong, its consequences can be dreadful.  And we live now in an age where terrorism is rife, it’s part of our news almost daily.  It creates a terrible atmosphere - if we let it.  Fear spreads very, very easily.  That’s why it’s so important to hear the strong words said this evening:

Not in our name

No to terrorism

United in peace

But also, it’s really important that we work to build up the fabric of our communities.  Things are broken in a moment; to build up united, peaceful communities takes hundreds, thousands of interactions between people, wanting to reach out, wanting to make really good relationships, to build them at a local level and every level.

That’s the kind of work the Christian Muslim Forum is engaged in.  The Forum is continuing to build that kind of peace, that kind of united society which has been spoken about this evening.

It’s good to see men and women, young and old, the whole spectrum of humanity represented in this room tonight, because it’s in our common humanity under God and in working together that we can build the kind of world that God wants for all of us, in which all human beings can flourish.” 


Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said, “I welcome you to tonight’s event and invite you to pray for the victims of 7/7 and of terrorism since then. Let us pray for a more peaceful and united society, and let us pray that our leaders have the wisdom and the ability to unite communities in the face of terrorism.”

The Forum’s Interim Director, Catriona Robertson, remembered the shock and sadness across all communities ten years ago and how local religious groups came together in solidarity and peace.  She reflected on the changing attitudes towards British Muslims since 7/7.  She closed with a passage from the scriptures on humility, justice and kindness, which she said were as important now as when first spoken:

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6.8

The Prayers for Peace were followed by the breaking of the Ramadan fast and a shared meal.

More photographs and a statement by the Muslim Council of Britain can be found here



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