In this edition of our A to Z, Mohammed Ali Amla, founder of Christian Muslim Encounters – an interfaith network that seeks to bring together academics and activists in shaping dialogue and research – discusses his life journey and lessons he has drawn from interfaith encounters.
Encountering his white neighbours as a little boy was the start of engaging with other faith communities, which Ali sees as opportunities to demystify “the other” and educate one another in shared values.
For Ali, the crux of his interfaith foundations lies in the prism of his Islamic faith – he is inspired by Quranic scriptures and prophetic traditions of co-existence and says that “if we all embodied the prophetic nature, we would become interfaith activists naturally”.
For Ali the future of interfaith work in Britain lies in the hands of communities and future generations, who need to inspire, have compassion, educate and champion their shared human values.
The A-Z of Things Unseen explores an eclectic mix of concepts through the eyes of 26 people from a range of different faiths – as well as some doubters.