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Faiths share peace message

PUBLISHED: 19:47 30 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

WORSHIPPERS from all faiths met to swap ideas on global peace and the Muslim perspective on Western life at a day of discussion about Islam hosted in Ipswich.

WORSHIPPERS from all faiths met to swap ideas on global peace and the Muslim perspective on Western life at a day of discussion about Islam hosted in Ipswich.

More than 100 people representing a broad range of religions heard speeches on "Steps towards Global Peace" at a day organised by the Suffolk Interfaith Resource and Suffolk County Council to look at the "The Heart of Islam".

Maire Heley, one of the many attending to the event, said she was very impressed by the speakers' "attitude to world peace".

"There was a young man from Afghanistan speaking who has been here a few years," said the 71-year-old of Woodbridge Road. "He said he had come here because in his own country he would have had to fight for the Taliban or the other side and, according to the rules of Islam, you should only fight if you or your family are directly being attacked. This was confirmed by the other speakers who said suicide was the worst crime in Islam."

Mojlum Khan, one of the four speakers at the event held at Ipswich library on Saturday said of the day: "The whole idea was to show that people who to different religions and cultures can actually work together for causes that are common to everyone.

"The most important thing was that we had professionals, teachers, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and people of so many other religions to share the message of world peace and not violence, terror and conflicts."

Those who attended the event had a chance to put questions to the speakers on a broad range of issues from the status of women in Islam to religious laws on marriage.

An exhibition from the Muslim community of Peterborough filled the room with information and leaflets explaining issues related to Islam.

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