Eid Celebration

The Muslim Council of Wales and the Interfaith Council for Wales would like to kindly invite you to our Eid Celebration event. This will be held on Thursday 6th June 2019 at Dar-Ul Isra Mosque, 21-23 Wyverne Road, Cardiff CF24 4BG.

The Muslim Council of Wales and the Interfaith Council for Wales would like to kindly invite you to our Eid Celebration event. This will be held on Thursday 6th June 2019 at Dar-Ul Isra Mosque, 21-23 Wyverne Road, Cardiff CF24 4BG.

As you may know, the Islamic month of Ramadan will end in the first week of June. Muslims across the world will be celebrating the festival of Eid. We would like to warmly invite you to share in these celebrations with the Cardiff Muslim community.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what Eid and Ramadan means to Muslims. You are welcome to hear about how Welsh Muslims celebrate Eid, ask questions, have your name written in beautiful Arabic calligraphy and taste the various world foods eaten at Welsh homes during the festival.

Please find below a brief programme of the evening:

6:00pm Drinks reception

6:30pm Short presentations

7:30pm World food tasting and networking

8:00pm Carrriages

In order to RSVP, please kindly email secretary@darulisra.org.uk. We look forward to sharing your company.

Interfaith Fire Ceremony

The Interfaith Fire Ceremony at Aro Ling Cardiff was a joyful occasion. The weather was perfect for an outdoor event, and everyone enjoyed taking part in celebrating Buddha Day.

First Ngakma Nor’dzin gave a short talk on the significance of Buddha Day for Buddhists, and the format of the ceremony itself.

The fire was created over a mandala, and oil was poured onto it as an offering throughout the ceremony.

A thread-cross was burned at the end of the ceremony. The woven threads symbolise the elements earth, water, fire, air, and space, using the colours yellow, white, red, green, and blue. The elements represent physical and psychological qualities. The threads are woven to decrease distortion of the elements, and to increase the enlightened qualities.

After the ceremony, while the fire was still lively, those attending were invited to place messages in the fire. The symbolism of burning messages is to let go of something unhelpful, such as a grudge or an irritation, and to effectuate something helpful, such as a good wish for someone, or a personal aspiration.

Report on the 2019 Muslim Council of Wales Annual Interfaith Dinner

Report by Ayesha Jamal,Administrative Executive, Muslim Council of Wales
Photographs by Mr Zaid Djerdi

The Muslim Council of Wales were delighted to hold their Annual Interfaith Dinner 2019 on Tuesday 26th March. This year’s dinner was held at St Fagans National Museum of History, an illustrious venue that is set in the grounds of St Fagans Castle and chronicles the historic lifestyle, culture and architecture of the Welsh people.

With over 400 attendees, the interfaith dinner truly met its purpose of commemorating interfaith, and acting as a unified gathering of respect and joy. The volunteers were all members of Cardiff’s admirably active youth community, including representatives from Pontyclun RAF air cadets as well as the 1st Cathays Al-Huda Scout Group. These volunteers greeted the dinner guests with a smile, took their coats and escorted them to the delightful selection of drinks and canapés.

In the usual tradition of the Muslim Council of Wales interfaith dinners, each table in the main hall was named after a virtuous characteristic such as kinship, compassion and hope. The name cards at each seat also had beautiful quotes from the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), such as “None of you believes until you love for your brother what you love for yourself”.

It was a pleasure to have the interfaith dinner hosted bilingually in English and Welsh by Ali Amir and Arooj Khan respectively. After everyone was seated, Sheikh Yaqoub Kutkut opened the evening with his melodic recitation of the Holy Quran. Professor Saleem Kidwai OBE, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales welcomed everyone in the opening address and a minute of silence was held for the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Sheikh Yaqoub Kutkut

The two keynote speakers of the event were Reverend Rowan Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth and the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Professor Wajih Kanso, Director of the Royal Institute of Inter-faith Studies. The Muslim Council of Wales were also honoured to have on stage First Minister Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford AM as the Chief Guest, as well as Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt AM.

Professor Saleem Kidwai OBE, Reverend Rowan Williams,Professor Wajih Kanso

At the end was an awards ceremony, which is a token of gratitude, appreciation and friendship from the Muslim Council of Wales to individuals who have made a significant contribution to our society. The celebrated recipients were Reverend Rowan Williams, Professor Wajih Kanso, the Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford AM, Professor Meena Upadhyaya OBE, Mr Ghuzanfar Ali, Mr Daoud Ali Salaman, Ms Fadhila Al Dhahouri and the Most Reverend George Stack.

First Minister Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford AM

After a vote of thanks, the evening was closed with the three-course meal served by Eastern Cuisine Wales. A noteworthy feature of this year’s dinner was the fundraising for the statue of former First Minister Rhodri Morgan, which will be built near the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay. The Muslim Council of Wales are proud to look back on this year’s event as a resounding success and look forward to furthering the bonds of interfaith and diversity in our community.

Members of the Interfaith Council for Wales with two Assembly Members.
Left to right: Surinda Channa, Julie Morgan AM, Reverend Sally Thomas, Chris Abbas, Jane Hutt AM, Nor’dzin Pamo (Chair of Interfaith Council), Canon Aled Edwards OBE (Secretary of Interfaith Council.
Jane Hutt is holding a model of the proposed statue of Rodri Morgan.

St David’s Day Parade

by Gill Rider of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints

It was lovely to get together with members of other faiths and march for St David’s Day under our Interfaith Council Banner. Everyone was really friendly as I didn’t know anyone and I appreciated that. We assembled in front of the city hall, where there were some amazing creations of dragons and daffodils. We then walked from the City Hall, under the main road and into Queen St, where we did a loop and then down Working St to The Hayes. There was a marvellous band playing as we walked and the whole parade had a very festive air. Lots of people were clapping and waving Welsh flags. Once we were assembled in the Hayes we all joined in a hearty rendition of the National Anthem. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and was grateful to be with other good people from other faith communities.