Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Kirk Humphrey, receives a copy of Mr. Nakhuda’s previous work From Bengal to Barbados, during the launch of his latest book, In the Footsteps of Abraham – The Prophets of God. Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, at the St. Paul’s Conference Centre recently. (GP)

The need for religions to establish common ground is vital in a constantly changing world.

This is according to Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Kirk Humphrey who said efforts to advance the work to bring faith-based communities closer together was already underway.

He made these comments during the launch of the book entitled: In the Footsteps of Abraham – The Prophets of God. Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, written by Sabir Nakhuda, at the St. Paul’s Conference Centre recently.

The Minister highlighted the 2019 Abrahamic Conference as one initiative undertaken by the Ministry to bring religions together.

“It is a reality that while not carried in the news on a daily basis, it is being pursued in various forms. I am aware that there is a parliament of religions which seeks to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities,” Mr. Humphrey noted.

He added that the Ministry was mindful of the importance of not only pulling together the Abrahamic faiths and assisting in raising awareness, but also of working with all faith groups in this nation.

“This smart partnership between my ministry and faith groups will facilitate the continued contribution that can be made to our nation by communities who seek to raise the consciousness of our people and build avenues for healing and for growth,” the Minister pointed out.

Mr. Humphrey also thanked the faith-based community for its support during the COVID-19 pandemic and last year’s “freak storm” and Hurricane Elsa.

Mr. Nakhuda, who has authored two previous books, stressed there was a need to leave a legacy for their children and grandchildren.

He noted that there were many reverends and pastors who came to learn more about Islam. “We need to maintain that connection,” he said.

The author noted that he wrote the book to build bridges between the Abrahamic, Jewish and Christian faiths which made up more than half of the world’s population.

The hybrid book launch was attended by Anglican clerics, including Rector at St. George Anglican Church, Senator Dr.John Rogers; Principal of Codrington College, Reverend Dr. Michael Clarke; Rector of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Reverend Irma Ambrose; President of the Association of Muslim Ladies, Sakina Bakharia, Senator John King and Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands.

julia.rawlins-bentham@barbados.gov.bb

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