On Sunday 8th February 2015, Hamza Andreas Tzortzis (iERA) participated in an interfaith discussion at Avenue Community Church in Leicester.
He shared the platform with one of the church’s elders, Matthew Fox-Lilley. They both spoke about why they believe their traditions to be true, and raised many points on how both religions are misunderstood. Hamza focussed on Islam’s values of compassion, neighbourliness, the oneness and love of God, including establishing a relationship with Him by following the practice of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Reflecting on the event, Hamza said:
“The event made me realise how much I have missed out in not focussing on other religious communities. I felt compassion and tolerance in the room, which was full of Christians and Muslims. This was quite significant since our talks were frank and did not deviate from what we believed to be true, yet they were couched in human language.”
After the talk, one Christian attendee approached Hamza, shocked by what he had learned and asked: “are you a controversial figure in the Muslim community?” Hamza replied that what he was saying was mainstream orthodox Islam, and it’s unfortunate that the values he spoke about are not mentioned in the media, and at times not practiced by our communities.
We would like to thank Avenue Community Church for their invitation, and look forward to engaging with them again in the future, insha’Allah.