|Edinburgh City Council|
Dear Mr. Tai
It may be helpful to start by saying that I am a member of a worshipping Christian community whose minister is active in the Inter-Faith movement in Edinburgh. He also has links with Muslim leaders within and out with the U.K. because of his previous post in Bethlehem.
I say this to explain that I possibly accepted without question – although much appreciated- the welcome afforded by leaders and users of the Mosque in Edinburgh.
On a practical level, the facilities were good in terms of size, acoustics and comfort (although there were a lot of steps for the more infirm among us!). The lunch provided was excellent in quality and very generous in quantity.
Having said this, opening up worship to those not of your faith, helps to develop a better understanding of your faith and its centrality to daily life. It demystifies some practices and erodes pre-conceived ideas. It also highlights the similarities in faiths and engenders a respect for the differences.
With regard to the course itself, as I noted in my response sheet completed at the end of the day, I found it very useful in developing an understanding of Islam, the practices and their centrality to the life (and structure of the day) of Muslims. I can accommodate this in to the area of assessment and service development for which I have responsibility.
Ensuring that Care Home provision incorporates acceptable accommodation for Islamic practices as well as staff sensitivity to the facets of this, not in the least the Wadhu. Etc, etc.
The most useful (work related) area for future study would be on cultural awareness for the assessment and service delivery process within the Council.