Islamic Centres across Britain have been open to visitors today. So I went this afternoon to the Central Mosque in Kirkcaldy. This is the new Mosque which will be finished in a year or two. For now they meet in much more modest buildings – but the place was full of visitors. I was there with our Rector at St Peter’s in Kirkaldy, Revd Christine Fraser, and I was glad to find a good representation of her congregation there as well. These visits are important. It’s a time for building friendship. The tragedy of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland was that lack of contact allowed a space to develop – and in that space grew ignorance and then fear.
So here I am with the Chairman of the Mosque and their two youthful and energetic Imans. They are full of suggestions for contact with the local faith communities – so I’m hopeful!