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Learning to be a Peace-Maker (LPM)
16-27 July, 2018

Learning to be a Peace-Maker (LPM)

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EXCITING DOUBLE PROGRAMME:

Learning to be a Peacemaker training course followed by Caux Forum’s Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business

The 11-day programme, 16-27 July 2018 takes place at the Caux Palace - Conference and Seminar centre in Switzerland and combines two unique elements:

  • 16-21 July - Learning to be a Peacemaker, a 6-day course on Islamic and other approaches to peacemaking
  • 22 July - a free day between the two programmes
  • 23-27 July - Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business (AEUB), a 4-day annual event for people of all ages and backgrounds on the theme of Social Cohesion, and which mixes conference and training courses.

 

 

Learning to be a Peacemaker

Learning to be a Peacemaker (LPM) is a training course for young European Muslims and their peers of other beliefs, designed by British broadcaster and Imam, Ajmal Masroor.

Its aim is to offer:

  • Knowledge – giving participants factual information about the peacemaking culture in Islam and the wider context
  • Connection - relationship-building opportunities between young European Muslims and their counterparts in the wider society
  • Dialogue - empowering young European Muslims and their peers of other beliefs to hold honest conversations.

Peace and justice are the two most sacred principles underpinning every aspect of a Muslim’s life. Therefore, becoming a peacemaker is the most important role a Muslim can play. Learning about peace and justice is the first step towards this goal.

This programme believes that learning to be peacemakers is key to developing a confident European Muslim identity and contributing towards global change.

If you are aged 18-30 and passionate about the future of global change and Muslims’ contribution to it, then the Learning to be a Peacemaker programme is for you!

 

Click here to download the general brochure on Learning to be a Peace-Maker.

 

 

 

Context

Young European Muslims were either born or brought up here. Their parents straddle the ethnic and European cultures and often have an expectation that their children will be culturally more ethnic. However, many young Muslims are more familiar and at home with European culture, and Europe is ‘home’.

This programme defuses that tension and helps make young Muslims’ European and Islamic identities symbiotic. In the current environment of increasing hostility towards Islam, Muslims are often viewed with suspicion. It is imperative to help young Muslims form a confident European Muslim identity. Islam requires Muslims to be at peace with themselves and others.

We are currently witnessing the proliferation of terrorism, extremism, death and destruction all over the world. Many cities across Europe have suffered terrible attacks and many lives have been lost. Most of these recent attacks have been attributed to terrorism inspired by Islam. However, terrorism has no religion, race or colour. It is simply evil. But the most serious consequence has been the fissure that has developed between communities.

This course will help them and their friends to understand that they can play a very important role in bringing communities together. It will help them engage in honest conversation which brings root causes of conflict to light, builds trust and heals. In the same way, those who are not Muslims will gain a better understanding of their friends and neighbours who are Muslim, build better relationships and friendships, and consequently create a more cohesive society.

 

 
Course content:
  • An introduction to issues of war and peace in today’s world: the origins and dynamics of conflicts, and processes of containment and reconciliation
  • The Jurisprudence (fiqh) of Peacemaking: the Islamic principles of peacemaking, examination of Islamic texts and their application in the context
  • War and Peace: examining Quranic texts and prophetic traditions in relation to averting war and building peace
  • Prophets and Peacemaking: an inclusive study of other prophets’ and traditions’ peacemaking initiatives
  • Violence and Extremism: authoritatively dismantling the dominant narrative of the association of violence and extremism with Muslims as people and Islam as their religion
  • Loyalty and Citizenship: learning to think globally but act locally; examining responsibility and belonging in the light of changing realities
  • Inner Dimensions of Peace: a spiritual re-alignment of Muslims’ beliefs and practices, developing social and political conscience, and sharing inner contentment
  • The Characteristics of Peacemakers: qualities and attributes needed to become peacemakers and effect global change.

There will be opportunities for interfaith dialogue and meetings with people with experience of peacemaking.

The training style is interactive, with introductions to the subject matters by Muslim and other authorities, whole-group and small-group discussions, and presentations.

At the end of the course, participants will plan a practical project to undertake at home to demonstrate learning and commitment to peacemaking.

 
Reports and videos from previous programmes
 

 

What previous participants said

I have learned that if you have no peace within yourself, you can’t make peace.

I learned how to acknowledge and appreciate others for what and how they are, without requiring them to change as I want.

It was only when I met people from all over Europe who held me in their hearts, that I came to hold Europe in my heart.

I have learned the importance of being a good citizen from an Islamic viewpoint and that it is important to serve your community where you live.

The session on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) the Peacemaker was the most valuable lesson. Following and understanding his actions, it would definitely make one a better peacemaker.

As a non-Muslim, whilst my knowledge of Islam grew, conversations with friends from France, Sweden and the UK, widened my understanding of what it means to be a Muslim today in a sometimes hostile society.

Through the two programmes, I have seen the world better through the prism of Islam as a Muslim trained in peacemaking, and through the eyes of non-Muslim Europeans and how they see the challenges we face with immigration, identity and multi-culturalism in the future.’

 

 

 


 
The Team

Imam Ajmal Masroor | Lead Trainer

Ajmal Masroor is one of the Imams at four London mosques, leading Friday prayers (Jummah) on a monthly rota. Through the Barefoot Institute, he provides counselling for relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, siblings and relatives. He writes on marriage and relationship issues, and also on political, social and community matters. He is regularly invited by the media as a commentator on current affairs, and as a public speaker at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally.

 

Peter Riddell | Programme Coordinator

Peter Riddell has spent many years with IofC organising trust-building programmes between people of different faiths based on shared moral and spiritual values. He was coordinator of conferences at Caux between 1994 and 2003 on the theme of peace-making. He has helped found several organisations, including British-Arab Exchanges, Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy and the Balfour Project. He is currently Convenor of IofC UK’s Agenda for Reconciliation programme, whose main training course is ‘Refugees as Re-Builders’, focusing on Dialogue Facilitation, Ethical Leadership and Sustainable Livelihood, for refugees who wish to contribute to rebuilding their country of origin.

 

Javed Latif | Project Coordinator Assistant

After participating in different Caux conferences (Learning to be a Peacemaker 2011, Living in a Multicultural World 2011 and Impact Initiatives for Change 2014), Javed Latif returned in 2015 to give a presentation, together with co-founder Rudy van der Aar, on the lessons learned while running an initiative aimed towards greening up local mosques in the Randstad conurbation and co-create opportunities for collaboration between Muslim/non-Muslim actors on local environmental issues. Javed was a facilitator for the AEUB Young Ambassadors Programme in 2016 and 2017, and he coached three consecutive boards on effective team dynamics as a board coach at the multicultural student organization MashriQ SV in The Hague. Currently he is finishing his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in Delft, Netherlands, and plans to pursue his masters in the field of Aerospace Technology.

 

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