When their father Abraham died, Isaac and Ishmael put aside their differences to give him an honourable burial. For those members of a Scarborough mosque and a North York synagogue who spent this past weekend together, it was an example worth following.
“I’ve never been inside a synagogue, so I didn’t know what to expect,” said Imaan Javeed, 14, a member of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto. He was one of the 250 members of Congregation Darchei Noam and the IFT who took part in a Jewish-Muslim twinning weekend for the first time.
This is the second year more than 100 North American Jewish and Muslim congregations have visited each other’s places of worship. For Darchei Noam and IFT, it started at the Sheppard Avenue W. synagogue on Friday, with prayers to begin the sabbath.
There, with his parents and 10-year old brother, Javeed noticed that the faiths ascribe similar attributes to God, including compassion.
“I hope they get their questions answered and have any misunderstandings cleared up,” he said as the Jewish group filed into IFT on Sunday afternoon. “And that they have a good time.”
At the Nugget Road mosque, men and women sat on different sides of the auditorium, chatting and reading displays on Islam by students at the Sunni congregation’s elementary school.