the mayor of hinckley and Bosworth Borough council, councillor Jeffrey Bannister, opened a unique exhibition at the Islamic Foundation in Markfield on tuesday 4th November 2014. Entitled Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam, the exhibition was held in recognition of the un international day of tolerance and showcased the diverse range of religious beliefs held in the muslim majority oman.
Abdur Rashid Siddiqui, secretery of the Board of trustees, welcomed guests and commended the government of Oman for their initiative in promoting tolerance.
Farooq Murad, Director of the Islamic Foundation said that the theme of tolerance and understanding fits in perfectly with the work of the islamic foundation over the last 40 years. Batool al-toma of the new muslims Project highlighted humanity’s need to create a community and how the very essence of this community can be seen in oman through the freedom of spiritual expression.
The Mayor commented that it is “an asset not just to the Borough of hinckley and Bosworth, not just to england or the united Kingdom, but it is a fantastic asset for the rest of the world”.
Dr Abdullah Al-Mamari from the ministry of religious affairs in oman thanked the Islamic Foundation for hosting the exhibition and said in his address: “there is nothing better than to spread messages of peace and goodwill to all people. it is our strong belief that peace and stability only can be realised today in any society through dialogue and understanding”.
The exhibition was hosted until saturday 8th november and received very positive responses. it is hoped that there will be further such events in the future.