EVENT ON SPIRITUALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY HELD ON SATURDAY 3RD MARCH 2012 AT FURZE HILL, BEST WESTERN IVY HILL, IVY BARN LANE, MARGARETTING, ESSEX, CM4 0EH
On Saturday 3rd March 2012 MSI Jamaat of Essex held an event at Furze Hill, Best Western Ivy Hill, Ivy Barn Lane, Margaretting, Essex, CM4 0EH with a mission to bring communities together to reflect on spirituality in the modern world and focus on gaining guidance from divine leadership. The mission was considered appropriate to celebrate the birth of The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW).
The theme of the day to celebrate the birth of a man who visited the heavens and beyond was “Spirituality in the 21st Century”.
The Chief Guest for this event was Cllr. Rodney Bass, Chairman of Essex County Council, and the Key note speakers were Syed Ali Abbas Razawi and Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell (Bishop of Chelmsford).
Guests included members from the MSI Jamaat of Essex, local and as far wide as Southend on Sea school teachers, members of the Mid Essex Inter Faith Forum, Revd’s of various parishes and friends and work colleagues of members of MSI Jamaat of Essex.
The event was anchored by Imranali Panjwani, a member of the MSI Jamaat of Essex who studied Law at the University of Sheffield and also BA and MA in Islamic Seminary Studies and Arabic at Al-Mahdi Institute.
In their key note speeches, Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell and Syed Ali Abbas Razawi stated the below among many other thought provoking thoughts:
Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell in his key note speech stated “there are two great issues that face us as a human race, first is how will we live sustainably on this planet a dialogue for another afternoon and another is how will people of faith live in joy and peaceful harmony”, he also stated “one thing that unites the great monotheistic faiths of the world is that we believe ethos and values arise from beliefs and principles, and for us human wellbeing must include moral and spiritual wellbeing and therefore it is inconceivable for us that it cannot be a public matter and this is where Muslims, Jews, and Christians and other people of faith need to work together” and he hoped “this will be a beginning of a new friendship between us in this County” and in conclusion the Revd stated “in spirituality we remember Jesus golden rule, Love God, Love your neighbour as yourself, with this none of us will ever stray far from the path of god”
Syed Ali Abbas Razawi stated in his speech “human is the manifestation of God, i.e if God is kind man can also be kind, if God is forgiving than man can also be kind”, he also stated “if Christians say that Jesus is the son of God, we say that he is the manifestation of God, Jesus is all the attributes and manifestation of God, he is the perfect man, nevertheless we say that the most perfect man is the final Prophet Muhammad (SAWW)”,what makes him the most perfect, he takes together all the 124,000 prophets and encompasses in himself”
The Chief Guest Cllr Rodney Bass mentioned that “the Queen in a recent speech was quite assertive about the powerful role faith plays in a society, she asserted that the role of the established Church was not to defend Anglicanism to the exclusion of other religions, instead the Church has duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in this country”
Once the guests had completed their speeches the Vice President of the World Federation, Mr Munaawer Rattansey was given the task of thanking the guests and describing the charity work that our parent body performs in the wider community.
Mr Rattansey stated World Federation were recently involved in the African Relief Programme to assist the millions of starving people in the Horn of Africa, they were also involved in the Pakistan Flood Relief and the most heartbreaking was the earthquake that Haiti suffered in 2010 and in 2012 the sufferings are still there.
After listening to all the above interesting and thought provoking speeches, all the guests were invited to the delicious 5 course Indian meal.
This event was a success as far as the mission was concerned of community cohesion and unity among the different faiths.
The full video of the programme will soon be uploaded on www.essexjamaat.org.uk including the photographs.