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Muslims pray in Catholic centre
Dr Abdel Abdelbaky
Dr Abdel Abdelbaky: Community is hoping to build a mosque
Jersey's Catholic Church has come to the aid of the Muslim community.

When the planning authorities ruled that the room in a restaurant they were using to pray was a fire hazard they had to find another place.

They temporarily decamped to a living room of someone's home where evening prayers were held every day during the holy month of Ramadan.

Now Jersey's St Thomas' Church has offered the use of its community centre for Friday prayers.

Mosque hope

Canon Nicholas France, said: "We are a universal Catholic church and our church has taught very much in recent years the importance of respect and the healing of past quarrels, particularly with Islam.

"This doesn't make us deny our own truths or own faith, but to respect all that's good in other people's faiths and respect their rights and freedom to worship."

There were about 25 people from the 200-strong Muslim community at prayers at the second session held at the community centre.

Muslim community leader Dr Abdel Abdelbaky said: "I appreciate the offer and I thank the people who helped us and offered this place for Friday prayers."

In the long term the Muslim community would like to build a mosque in the island.




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