Singing for the Soul with Christians and Muslims together.

On Sunday the choir attended a unique event at Padiham Unitarian Chapel.The interfaith event was a Christmas service which was combined with a service to celebrate the birth date of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). About 150 Christians and Muslims sat together, to pray, sing and finally eat
It was a pleasure, to sit in such a mixed congregation. We sang the carefully chosen hymns together and the young Muslim man next to me guided me through the chants in Arabic and in Urdu. The service was beautifully conducted by Rev Jim Corrigal followed by an interesting address from Rauf Bashir, who explained about the birth of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) and about the links between Christianity and Islam. The words of prayer were careful and meaningful.
Speakers and Singers

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We all seemed to find the chants, by the Sufi Muslims relaxing and quite beautiful. The final chant was in English and was sung by Bilal (aka Billy) and our choir hummed the chorus, after each verse. We had little chance to practice together and it was good to see so many had learnt the tune by using the BOX on our songs page. Our choir sang the final song ‘I saw a ship’ one which we had prepared for Christmas performances. As it was a Sunday morning it was difficult for everyone to attend but we were at about half strength.
Our choir singing with Bilal.

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After the service a meal had been prepared by the young men from the Free Spiritual Centre which provides a free meal for anyone, every alternate Friday, at Victoria Park Cafe, Nelson. BB97SS https://www.facebook.com/Free-Spiritual-Centre-1414812865488935/ The Sufi Muslims meet at Brierfield Commuity Centre once a month to sing and all are welcome. They are hoping that we can sing together with them in the future. Exciting times ahead.
Meal at Unitarian Chapel, Padiham.

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At the Free Spirit Centre in Victoria Park Cafe.
Meeting up with Jim and practising with Bilal.

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Grateful thanks to all organisers as well the Free Spiritual Centre for selection of photos.

Jackie.