Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Friday, June 05, 2020
Scarlet Tears of London?
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
London-based organisation The Berakah Project unites musicians from Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. A UK tour from June 2015 celebrates 10 years of this revolutionary collaboration
The Berakah Project (Berakah), the not-for-profit music organisation, will be performing at the Watsonia Pavillion, Cross Flatts Park, Beston in Leeds on July 7th.
The free event is part of music charity The Berakah Players' 10th Anniversary Tour of England. The Berakah Players are musicians of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith heritage. Their unique sound fuses jazz, classical and Middle Eastern elements. This tour, which kicked off in London's St. James's Church, is being funded by The Arts Council of England and features new material and a new string section.
Each of the concerts has been organised with local community organisations. In Leeds, these are Faith Together in Leeds 11, a grass roots partnership of local faith and community organisations, which runs the popular Building Blocks nursery and the Hamara Centre, which provides services and events for the local community and aims to bring people together.
Mohammed Nazam, the founder of The Berakah Project, says: "It's my belief that music not only brings people together but it also helps the process of healing communities. The Leeds concert is being held on a particularly poignant day and we want to participate in and contribute to building bridges across all faiths. We are deeply honoured that Berakah has been asked to be such an important part in the healing process." He adds: "I'm delighted that Archdeacon Paul Hooper, the Rev Jacqueline Owen and Qari Asim MBE will open the concert in Leeds - it's great to have them as our guests."
Helen Bishop, Centre Manager at Faith Together in Leeds 11, said: "This is a great opportunity for all the community to come together to enjoy music which promotes mutual respect, unity and peace."
Hanif Malik, CEO of the Hamara Centre, said: "We are delighted to be involved with the Berakah Project and are confident that the event on the 7th July will help contribute to the great community spirit we have here in Beeston. The diversity of the musicians reflects the multiculturalism and broad range of communities that live in our area and music and the arts are always a great vehicle for further enhancing harmony within our society."
Rotherham Old Market Gallery 17th September
Oxford JdP Music Building, St Hilda's College 8th October
For photos and music please visit http://theberakahproject.org/videos/
Berakah, set up 10 years ago, is an inter-faith music initiative dedicated to crossing the boundaries of race, religion and culture through music. The core aim of this not-for-profit organisation is to promote dialogue and understanding between people of different faiths. Music can often build bridges that otherwise wouldn't exist, especially if there is a powerful and positive message in the music itself. The Berakah Project (meaning Grace or Blessing) promotes this message perfectly.
About Faith Together
*Faith Together in Leeds 11 is a unique grass roots partnership of local faith and community organisations, which came together in 1997 to promote regeneration in Leeds 11. Current members include the local Anglican and Methodist Churches, Hamara, the Asha Centre for Women and Vera Media. Faith Together in Leeds 11 is a not-for-profit charitable company. Any surplus income is re-invested in the nursery and local community. Faith Together set up the Building Blocks Nursery in September 2005 with 16 Ofsted registered places. This expanded in April 2008 to become a 44-place Ofsted registered nursery.
The Hamara Centre, a founder member of Faith Together in Leeds 11, opened in 2004 and provides a wide variety of services with the aim of improving the welfare of local people and bringing communities together.
CONTACT: On the night, speak to: Al (Alison) Garthwaite, Chair of Faith Together in Leeds 11 & Board Member of Hamara, +44(0)7957-152107
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
The 7/7 Memorial at Hyde Park
On 7 July 2005, 8:50 am–9:47 am (GMT) Islamic terrorists attacked London.
At 08:50, three bombs exploded within fifty seconds of each other on three London Underground trains, a fourth exploding an hour later at 09:47 on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. 56 people were killed and over 700 got injured.
Every July 7, we light a candle in memory of those we lost and remind our enemies that by shedding innocent blood they have only turned the wrath of God against them and that until they repent, they will never know peace and will not escape the consequences of their evils.
A woman stands next to a boy as he touches one of the pillars of the London Bombing Memorial, dedicated to the victims of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, before its dedication in Hyde Park, London July 7, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)Photo Gallery>>>
I dedicated the book of my poems Scarlet Tears of London in memory of the victims of the London terrorist suicide bombings and it was released in 2006.
Many of the poems captured the tragedies of the suicide bomb attacks, the pains and tears of the bereaved and the condemnation of injustice and terrorism.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
"Pakistan is not a banana republic," President Musharraf reportedly told the German magazine Focus last week.
"We have an extremely loyal and disciplined army. The secret service is made up mainly of military men."
We hear you Musharraf. And may I also add that Pakistan is not a rogue state.
I support the increase in the British aid to Pakistan for counter-terrorism, because the war on terror is the battle for our survival. The al- Qa'ida would probably be getting more than £480m from Iran, Syria and other backers in the Islamic world. The Talibans make so much money from the drug trade, which they have been using to finance their terror network and warfare. And if we do not fund our allies in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Jordan, we would be at the receiving end of the grave consequences.
In fact, I think the £480m will not be enough for the next three years if Britain really wants to fund the control and prevention of Islamic terrorism. Because, the Pakistani Government will need more short term funding to control their "moderate" schools so that the Islamists won't be using them as the booth camps of their terror network. The hard-line Madrassas are engaged in a life long programme to brainwash Muslim pupils and students in their global goal for the Islamization of the world. Therefore, counter-terrorism is a life long warfare to save us from the lunatic fringe elements being sent on suicide missions by the al-Qa'ida.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Author, "Dangerous Nation"
Tuesday, October 31, 2006; 3:00 PM
Lagos, Nigeria.: Was America not safer during the Cold War than during this current War on Terror?
Author of the "Scarlet Tears of London".
Robert Kagan: That's an interesting question, and not so easy to answer. Obviously, we did not suffer the kind of attack that we suffered on 9/11. And we certainly seem to be vulnerable to other such attacks in the future, and perhaps on an even more horrific scale. When we look back on the Cold War, it seems to have been safer, but that's partly because we now know that nothing horrendous happened. At the time, however, there were often significant fears of nuclear war. Needless to say, the damage that would have come had there been a nuclear exchange between the US and the Soviet Union would have dwarfed what we have experienced in the 21st century. In the early 1960s, I recall, people were building fall-out shelters in their backyards. It now appears as if, precisely because of the possibility of planet-wide destruction, both sides were deterred from conflict. What is so frightening about our present situation is that those who wish us harm seem to be undeterrable.
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