The Interfaith Department at the RIC started in 2003.
The main aim of this activity as described by RIC Management,
“Promote the message of understanding and respect between Muslim and Non-Muslim communities throughout the UK and Europe. It is here also very important always to help Non-Muslim communities and organisations understand that Islam as a peaceful religion and that we are as Muslims open to dialogue on all matters regarding faith.”
The Interfaith Department manages many areas such as group visits, training for Non-Muslim Professionals, consultation with Government/Non-Government organisations on Race Relations, meetings with the Surrey Police on Race relations, lectures and conferences on Islam in Universities, colleges, schools, Churches and Synagogues etc.
If you would like to be informed of future Interfaith events, please register your details here and we will send occasional updates for participation in sha Allah.
interfaith in Islam
Please see this selection of Ayats from the Noble Quran which all have relevance to interfaith relationships;
Say (O Muslims): We believe in God and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him, we have surrendered. / And if they believe in the like of that which ye believe, then are they rightly guided. But if they turn away, then are they in schism. (Al-Baqarah, 2:136-137)
“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:256)
Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. And if they turn away, then say Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him). (Al ‘Imran, 3:64)
Those who have been expelled from their homes unjustly only because they said ‘Our Lord is Allah’. Had it not been that Allah checks one set of people by means of another, ruin would have befallen the monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques in which Allah’s Name is mentioned greatly. Allah will surely help those who help Him. Indeed Allah is all-strong, all-mighty. [Al-Haj, 22.40]
“And do not argue with the followers of the Book except by what is best, save with those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit.” (Al-Ankabut, 29:46)
And if your Lord had willed, He could have made mankind one community; but they will not cease to differ.(Hud, 11:118)
O mankind! Indeed We created you from a male and a female and made you nations and tribes that you may identify yourselves with one another. Indeed the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most God-wary among you. Indeed Allah is all-knowing, all-aware. (Al-Hujarat, 49:13)
God forbiddeth you, not those who warred not against you on account of religion and drove you not out from your homes, that ye should show them kindness and deal justly with them. Lo! God loveth the just dealers. (Al-Mumtahinah, 60:8)
Of the People of the Scripture, there is a staunch community who recite the revelations of God in the night season, falling prostrate (before Him). They believe in God and the Last Day, and enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency, and vie one with another in good works. These are of the righteous. / And whatever good they do, nothing will be rejected of them. (Al-‘Imran, 3:113-115)
And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which God hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. For each, We have appointed a law and a way. Had God willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto God, ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ. (Al-Ma’idah, 5:48)
If you would like to be informed of future Interfaith events, please register your details here and we will send occasional updates for participation Insha- Allah.