AEUB 2018, LPM 2018, Caux Forum 2018
Learning to be a Peacemaker 2019
7-18 July 2019

Learning to be a Peacemaker and Tools for Changemakers

Exciting 11-day double programme on a Swiss mountainside

7-18 July 2019

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



Call for applications

Only 25 places – deadline 15 May 2019 midnight (CET)!

  • Learning to be a Peacemaker training course on Islamic approaches to peacemaking followed by the Caux Forum’s
  • Tools for Changemakers – Rebuilding Trust in Europe. Part conference, part training, this annual event offers courses on trust-building developed in different parts of Europe.

The 11-day programme, 7-18 July 2019, will take place at the amazing Caux Conference and Seminar Centre in Switzerland and combines two unique elements:

  • 7-12 July – Learning to be a Peacemaker, a six-day course for young European Muslims and their non-Muslim peers
  • 13 July – Free day between the two programmes



About the Learning to be a Peacemaker course

Young European Muslims were either born or brought up here. Their parents straddle 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. The most serious consequence has been the fissure that has developed between communities.

This course will help young Muslims to understand that they can play an 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.

Learning to be a Peacemaker (LPM) is a training course designed by Imam and broadcaster, Ajmal Masroor.



Its aim is to offer:
  • Knowledge – providing factual information about the peacemaking culture in Islam and the wider context
  • Connection – offering relationship-building opportunities between young European Muslims and their counterparts in wider society
  • Dialogue – empowering young European Muslims and their peers of other beliefs to hold honest conversations
  • Networking – connecting young people across Europe who may find shared inspiration to take initiatives for peacemaking and building trust across divides

Peace and justice are the two most sacred principles which underpin 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 a peacemaker is key to developing a confident European Muslim identity and contributing towards global change.


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 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: dismantling the dominant narrative which associates violence and extremism with Muslims as people and with 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 realignment 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 matter 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.

Download our brochure here



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, 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 to commentate on current affairs, and to be a public speaker at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally.


Peter Riddell | Programme Coordinator

Peter Riddell has spent many years with IofC organizing 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 organizations, 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 their initiative to green 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 at the multicultural student organization MashriQ SV in The Hague. Currently he is finishing his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in Delft, Netherlands, and plans to pursue his Masters in the field of Aerospace Technology.




The total cost of the LPM 11-day programme (course + conference) is CHF 2,740

Funds are currently being sought to enable scholarships to be offered. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please indicate in the online application form (see below).

This covers:

  • Meals and refreshments
  • Accommodation in two-, three- or four-person rooms in the Caux Palace conference centre
  • Course and conference fees
  • Certificate of participation in the Learning to be a Peacemaker course
  • Wifi



Deadline: Midnight (CET) 15 May 2019

You will hear if you have been selected by: 31 May 2019

Applicants for the programme are expected to:

  • Arrive in Caux for registration between 2.00 pm and 4.00pm Sunday 7 July 2019 and depart after 12.30pm on Thursday 18 July 2019
  • Actively participate in the entire duration of the programme
  • Have a good standard of spoken and written English
  • Be actively involved in serving your community at local, national or international level
  • Comply with the Rules of the House (see below)
  • Comply with visa requirements (where applicable)

For questions and further information please contact






Please send your CV here.


Reports and videos from previous programmes