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Open Discussions

in association with

Gulf Cultural Club

invite you to inter-faith Discussion titled:

Together we challenge the culture of hate

Open Discussions

in association with

Gulf Cultural Club


invite you to inter-faith Discussion titled:


Together we challenge the culture of hate


Sheikh Ahmed Haneef *

 John Woodhouse**

Dr Usama Hasan***

 Alex Cameron****


The current atmosphere of religious tension in many areas does not hold well with the people of faith. Christians and Muslims believe their religious message is that of mutual respect, dialogue and hope. Thus they need to put their act together to challenge the culture of hate that is challenging their sacred values. For Christians Christmas is a festive season that reminds them of Jesus who commands the love and respect of Muslims and whose message of compassion and moderation is in line with what Prophet Mohammad had instructed his followers to do. This seminar attempts to build more bridges and bring together people of faith to discuss how to challenge the culture of hate.


Time: 6.30pm Tuesday, 15th December 2015

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP


*Sheikh Ahmed Haneef is an active cleric working with the youth and within the interfaith circles. He was born in 1956 in San Fernando, Trinidad.  In 1974 he migrated to Canada where he attended York University and graduated in 1982. In the 1970s Sheikh Haneef was  involved in the struggle for the rights of the black people and was a staunch activist in the anti-racism struggle. He was also active in the anti-Apartheid movements of the 1980s. His interest in the Palestinian cause was natural, given his personal and religious background.


**John Woodhouse is Organiser of the Westminster cathedral interfaith group and a server at the cathedral. He has M.A. in Christianity and interreligious relations from Heythrop college. John is a retired librarian who plays the organ at St Michael and All Angels, Beckenham and directs the small choir. He is a Roman Catholic involved in studying to become a spiritual "director" or accompanier. He has interests in Arts and Culture, Children,Education and Environment


***Dr Usama Hasan is a former senior lecturer in business information systems at Middlesex University, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has argued in favour of compatibility between Islam and human evolution. He is also Senior Researcher in Islamic Studies at the Quilliam Foundation. Hasan has a PhD, an MSc and an MA in Physics and Artificial Intelligence from the Universities of Cambridge & London. He followed the family tradition of Islamic scholarship, becoming an Imam at the Masjid al-Tawhid mosque in Leyton. He is a certified transmitter of the Qur'an and Hadith and has translated a number of Islamic texts into English, including The Islamic Foundation's "Way of the Prophet" (2009).


****Alex Cameron lives on the Loughborough Estate in Brixton as part of a missional community with the charity CHIPS, Christian International Peace Service, in order to come alongside young people at risk of gang involvement. She works for the West London Synagogue as a Neighbourhood Community Worker in Marylebone developing interfaith and social action projects. And amongst all of that you'll find her in her free time in the kitchen baking something scrummy! 



Admission is Free. Please register for catering purposes - email: or text 07795 660 438

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