Inter Faith Week, led by the Inter Faith Network for the UK, takes place from Sunday 12 November to Sunday 19 November in 2017.
A diverse group of both students and staff from a variety of religious backgrounds are a part of the De Montfort University (DMU) community, meaning Inter Faith Week is enjoyed by students and staff.
De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) President, Ahtesham Mahmood, is extremely excited for Inter Faith Week, but considers ‘at DMU, every day feels like Inter Faith Week!’
“At DMU, Inter Faith Week gives our societies, in particularly our religious based groups a time to teach others about their own faith and come together as one.”
Derrick Mensah, VP Student Activities at DSU, is of Christian faith and regards Inter Faith Week as a time to really embrace and learn about other faiths, religions and beliefs.
He said: “It's a time to really bring everyone together and learn about others within our community.”
While Ahtesham, of Muslim faith, also added: “Inter Faith Week really strengthens the community, as it puts asides any barriers, allowing everyone to come together.”
The week aims to;
- strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels;
- increase awareness of the different faith communities amongst the UK;
- increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs.
Ahtesham’s own personal experience as VP Student Activities in 2016/17 and now President has allowed him to experience the liberation of getting involved with all the faith-based societies and leaving with invaluable knowledge.
He explained: “Inter Faith Week is a prime example of learning outside of the classroom, I would encourage everybody to come and be a part of it.”
Throughout the week some of our amazing societies will be hosting events, which you can find here.
You can host your own event for Inter Faith Week, or if you want to get involved, you can find events from across the country here for you to get involved in.
Inter Faith Week has three key aims for students and others across the UK.