Press Release June 2015

We, Christians and Muslims, are deeply shocked by the tragic events which took place in France, Kuwait and Sousse (Tunisia), on Friday 26th June 2015, with the loss of so many innocent lives We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives. We send our prayers and best wishes to John Metcalf from Hazlemere, who was injured in the attack.

Our communities stand firmly united in the fight against all forms of terrorism and the senseless acts of violence committed by ISIS, al Quaeda, Boko Haram and al Shabaab.  Unfortunately, although these groups are tiny in number, they claim to carry out these atrocities in the name of Islam. They do not. Islam, which is a huge Abrahamic faith, alongside Judaism and Christianity, is practiced by over 1.6 billion people in broad harmony and mutual respect with their fellow citizens around the world.

ISIS and its affiliates, with its warped and twisted ideology, represents a total betrayal of the true spirit of Islam, and is in denial of the actual teachings of its noble Prophet.  "Beware", he warned his followers 1400 years ago, "Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, or curtails their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will, I (Muhammad) will complain against that person on the Day of Judgement".

At our special meeting held on Thursday this week (26th June 2015), The Council for Christian Muslim Relations (CCMR) unanimously agreed to find ways of declaring to the whole community that what ISIS, Al Qaida, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and their fellow travellers do, is "NOT IN OUR NAME".

Chaudry Shafique, MBE, Chairman
The Revd Hugh Ellis, Vice Chairman

Mission Statement

The Aims of the Council are:
1. To raise the profile of the need to build good relations between people of different faiths and beliefs in High Wycombe
2. To share as partners common concerns and aspirations and to strive together to confront the problems and challenges of our time.
3. To promote inter-religious dialogue based on mutual respect recognising that differences are inherent in the human condition and are a manifestation of divine wisdom.
4. To engage in constructive dialogue aimed at promoting and transmitting common values and common standards of citizenship.
5. To develop and implement a programme of activities which can contribute to and support community cohesion.
6. To work in partnership with other organisations in both the public and voluntary sectors to achieve the aim.