Speaker's insight into Islam at Anglican Church event
CHRISTIANITY and Islam are often seen as being at opposing ends of the religious spectrum but one local church recently experienced unity between the two as part of a special day of celebration.
The Mother's Union of Grafton Diocese celebrated Lady Day at St Andrew's Anglican Church on Wednesday, March 25.
Guest speaker Dr Nora Amath, who has spent many years studying Islam, provided those who attended the event with an insight into the faith.
Mother's Union of Grafton Diocese Northern Zone president Julia Adlington said Dr Amath went into great detail and revealed many aspects of the Islamic faith during her talk.
Dr Amath explained the faith's Five Pillars of belief, practice and discipline, as well as the testimony of faith, prayer, compulsory alms giving, fasting and pilgrimage to Mecca.
"An open invitation was given to anyone interested other than members of MU and it was encouraging to see the number in attendance," Mrs Adlington said.
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"I would like to feel that many people went away very much informed about the Islamic faith and some bridges were built."
Dr Amath, who was born in Vietnam and migrated to America with her parents when she was just three years old, studied Islam at the International Islamic University in Malaysia before moving to Australia where she completed her PhD at Griffith University.
She was recently appointed secretary of the Islamic Relief Australia Board of Trustees.
In 2006 Dr Amath was named Australian Muslim Woman of the Year and in 2007 and again in 2012 she was honoured as part of the Australia Day Community Awards.
Dr Amath said she had enjoyed her time at the Grafton Diocese, declaring the event "a wonderful day of meaningful engagement".
She said she had been humbled by the graciousness and hospitality shown to her.