Interfaith collaboration in Manchester
Manchester Central Foodbank, which is operated under the auspices of the Jesuit led Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy, has agreed to develop a partnership with a group of Nigerian Muslims who form Nasrul llahi l fathi society (NASFAT).
The foodbank recently received a generous donation of food from NASFAT.
“It is great to be working together with the Nigerian Muslim community in Manchester in this way,” said Fr Tim Byron SJ, a trustee of the foodbank, “With the horrific events in Brussels, it is good to remember that Christians and Muslims can work together effectively in the local community to feed those in crisis – and to remind ourselves that this charitable work is a more accurate face of Islam.”
NASFAT originally founded as a prayer group in the Yoruba community now has over one million members in Nigeria. It has been described as encouraging reforming and modernist beliefs and promoting equality amongst Muslims. Fr Tim who is also the lead Catholic Chaplain at the universities in Manchester, has agreed to be a guest speaker at the symposium slated to mark the 21st anniversary of the organisation. The symposium is entitled “Building religious harmony and understanding” scheduled for Saturday the 2nd of April, 2016.