Dozens of Post readers have taken part in Facebook Live discussion about Islam with members of a Preston faith group.
Nadeem Ashfaq and Adam Kelwick from the Light Foundation answered readers’ questions on a live webcast earier today, as part of their Explore Islam series of events.
The Light Foundation is a Preston-based group which aims to tackle misconceptions and break down barriers between communities.
Hundreds of people viewed the live video, with a number of those submitting questions and comments during the social media session.
The guests said they were keen to answer any “tough questions”, and tackled a variety of topics, from Islam’s relationship with other religions, to traditional dress and domestic violence.
There were also lighter questions from viewers, from opinions on music to some footballing banter.
Adam, a Muslim chaplain, said they were keen to do the live session to promote open conversations, in keeping with much of the work the Light Foundation does to bring people together.
He said: “I saw this Facebook Live as an extension of the Foundation’s work. It’s a chance to preview an event we have on Friday at UCLan where the theme is ‘tough questions and honest answers.’ We know we are living in times where tough questions have to be asked. In my opinion, there is so much ignorance and misunderstanding. There are so many issues we are only going to start to solve once we start talking to each other.”
The event at UCLan takes place at Livesey House, Heatley Street, from 7pm and all are welcome. See www.facebook.com/L.Foundation
Among the questions put by readers yesterday were:
Marie: “I have Muslim friends who like rock music but had to keep their musical taste secret. Is music frowned upon (in Islam?)”
Nadeem replied: “I’m a massive Elvis fan! I have an Elvis sticker in my car...”
Adam added there was a split where some people in the Muslim community ‘looked down upon’ music, but others thought it was “a natural part of humanity which can be used for goodness and to praise God and for spiritual exercises - or just being nice for people to listen to.”