Dialogue seeks to promote greater understanding, mutual respect and cooperation in areas of common concern between Muslims and Christians.

"Dialogue is living our faith in the presence of people of other faiths.  It is a means of loving neighbours who are not of my faith by reaching out to them in a spirit of respect and openness. "  A Journey Together 19


This resource is aimed at both Muslims and Christians in Ireland.  It promotes the development of mutual respect, understanding and cooperation between them, especially on the level of everyday life in local communities

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According to the 2011 Census, almost 50,000 Muslims in Ireland. Yet most of the Irish population have very little understanding of Islam or of what Muslims believe.  

Here we offer offer a brief overview of Islam placed in the context of how Islam is perceived in the Non-Muslim world.  Click here




This Booklet is in two parts. The first looks briefly at what the Church teaches about interreligious dialogue with Muslims.  The second part, "What Experience Teaches" is a reflection on why dialogue is needed and on the obstacles and struggles we face in "Knocking on the Door" which describes what dialogue is i.e. a reaching out respectfully to people of another faith while remaining true to our own. Much of this reflection is based on the author's own expereience of promoting Muslim Christian Dialogue and also on the multicultural and multireligious ethos of Cois Tine the organisation he has worked with over the past eight years.  Click here to download.


Cork Christians Invited to celebration marking the Last Friday of Ramadan
iftar 14The SMA Justice Office was happy to help facilitate the invitation extended by Sheikh Ihab Ahmed, Imam of the Blarney Street Mosque, for Christians and public representatives to join with the Cork Muslim Community for the Iftar إفطار‎ meal for the last Friday of Ramadan.  .  

Following a telephone call from Sheikh Ihab, Gerry Forde, the SMA Justice Officer, made contact with the Church of Ireland and Catholic Dioceses, with the  Offices of  the Lord Mayor and local TD’s to inform them of the occasion and to extend Sheikh Ihab’s invitation to them.  Contact was also made the Evening Echo, the local newspaper, to request that they cover the event.

Muslims in Cork, together with Muslims around the world observed the holy month of Ramadan with fasting from sunrise to sunset. The fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.  Iftar is the fast-breaking meal taken at sunset following the abstention from food and water during daylight hours. 

Fr Christy Fitzgerald represented Bishop John Buckley, and Canon Daniel Nuzum represented Bishop Paul Colton.  They were also joined by Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mary Shields, Ms Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State, and Mr Mohammed Alshamsi, Deputy Head of Mission from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Dublin.

Following a shared meal together the guests were received in the Mosque Prayer Room and warmly welcomed by the assembled congregation as they gathered for prayer.

MESSAGE FOR THE END OF RAMADAN ‘Id al-Fitr 1435 H. / 2014 A.D.
Each year the Vatican’s Council for Interreligious Dialogue issues a message at the end of Ramadan – this year’s message is entitled: “Towards a Genuine Fraternity between Christians and Muslims”.  Read more




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