On Saturday 28th May Shaykh Arif Abulhussain gave a talk at All Saints Small-Heath Church’s event ‘Mary the Mother of Jesus Symposium’. The event took place from 9:30 to 17:30 and included a time of fellowship and food, in which different groups within Small Heath offered dishes from the exciting cuisines of their diverse communities. The talk included the following speakers: Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain, (Director and Senior Lecturer in uṣūl al-fiqh and Muslim Philosophy, Al-Mahdi Institute) Dr. Margaret Barker (author of Temple Theology) Sister Safia Tharoo (Barrister, Committee Executive Committee Member of Husaini Shia Islamic Centre and Qur’an Teacher at Hujat Saturday Workshop) and finally The Right Reverend Dr. Martin Warner, (Bishop of Chichester).
This symposium was considered a time to learn from one another and share perspectives. It was said “at a time in which it seems easier to focus on discord, and in which global tragedy sharpens the differences between communities, we propose this time spent together as a commitment to mutual understanding and to strive to look to what builds our communities in harmony”. Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain focused on ‘Jesus as the custodian of the Divine Word.’ His knowledge and insights were beneficial to all those present.
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