History made as Muslims visit Holy Land

Muslims, Jews and Christians joined together for a ground-breaking multi-faith pilgrimage to Jerusalem’s Holy Land. The group of 26 formed the first ever visit to Israel and Palestine organised by a predominantly Muslim group from Britain. A total of 23 Muslims took part in the pilgrimage, and were joined by fellow members of the East London Three Faiths Forum. The trip was led by Imam Dr Mohammed Fahim of the South Woodford Community Centre, Mulberry Way, South Woodford, Rabbi David Hulbert of Bet Tikvah Synagogue, Perrymans Farm Road, Newbury Park, and Fr Francis Coveney of St Anne’s Line Roman Catholic Church, Grove Crescent, South Woodford. The six-day journey saw them take in the great religious sites of the Holy Land – including the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Western Wall. The group also visited Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity, spent a day in the Judaean desert, went swimming in the Dead Sea, visited Jesus’ home town of Nazareth, and even enjoyed a trip across the Sea of Galilee. Dr Fahim said he was proud to be the first British Imam to visit Israel, and was delighted to have joined with other faith groups for the emotional adventure.

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