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Bishop of Salisbury thanks Muslim Association

by Michael Ford last modified 13 Nov, 2018 04:51 PM

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, has visited the Muslim Association of Salisbury at their mosque in Wilton Road, at the time of Friday prayers.

He was accompanied by the vicar of St Paul’s Church, the Revd Craig Ryalls, in whose parish the mosque is located; the Revd Canon Guy Wilkinson, Bishop's Adviser for Inter-Religious Affairs; and Canon Bill Cave, Senior Chaplain to Wiltshire Police.

Bishop Nicholas was warmly welcomed by the trustees and invited to speak to the gathering. He was presented with an inscribed plaque and stayed to observe the prayers, before chatting with members afterwards.

Bishop Nicholas receives an inscribed plaque

Bishop Nicholas said: “I was so pleased to be able to visit the Association at their mosque and to offer my congratulations and appreciation for the remarkable contributions to the life of Salisbury made by members, particularly in business, hospitality, civic life and not least to the diversity of our religious life in the city.”

A spokesman for the mosque said: “We are delighted to welcome Bishop Nicholas. His visit emphasises the friendship in this city and elsewhere between Muslims and Christians and demonstrates how both religions can work together for the good of all.”

"We are committed to focusing on the needs of our diverse Muslim community and to meeting the needs of the local community by promoting health, education and employment opportunities. We seek at all times to contribute to the social, cultural, spiritual and economic enhancement of the whole community in Salisbury.”

Bill Cave and Guy Wilkinson chat to the muezzin

Bill Cave and Guy Wilkinson chat to the muezzin

Click here for a transcript of the Bishop’s brief address

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