The event, which will take place on January 13, is part of the #VoicesForPeace campaign and will assemble Jews, Christians, and Muslims along with Hindus, Sikhs, and non-religious individuals to pray for justice and humanity. The gathering will take place at the Rose Hill Community Centre in Oxford and aims to emphasise that peace is central to all religions and that true believers stand as one in preserving lives, irrespective of creed.
His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, world leader of the hosting Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, said: “The killing or harming of innocent civilians is a direct violation of the teachings of the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings be upon him), who taught that even in a state of warfare, no woman, child or elder should be targeted or harmed in any way.
“Nor should any religious leader or place of worship be attacked.” The event will call for an immediate ceasefire, hostage release, delivery of humanitarian aid, and a de-escalation of conflict. Nasir Adam, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Oxford, said: “What Hamas did was completely against the teachings of Islam. “The action taken by Israel is also exceeding all limits and we are seeing the unfolding of a humanitarian tragedy. “By coming together we reinforce these values and call upon those in powers to promote these values thereby bringing to an end this horrific conflict.”