In the aftermath of London’s 7/7 terrorist attacks in 2005, AAFS members from across Britain joined to mourn the innocent lost lives and to publicly demonstrate a unity of faiths.
Since then, AAFS delegations have journeyed hand-in-hand across continents, to offer prayers for peace at the most revered churches, temples and mosques in the history of human devotion.
Whether Hindu, Christian, Muslim or Sikh, we have joined as one – meditating on Christ’s compassion in the Garden of Gethsemane; clinging to the Western Wall precipice of the Jewish Holy Land; gazing into the Heavens at Al Aqsa mosque.
Our pilgrimages have given us unique memories to cherish, such as the unique dawn-to-dusk day in November 2005, Hindu, Sikhs and Muslims together offered Eid prayers in Lahore’s Datta Darbar shrine before crossing the Indo-Pak border to celebrate Deepwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Progressive religious leaders have joined us at every step, including two of the Shankaracharayas (‘Hindu Popes’). Shankaracharaya Dibyananada invited Baba Ghai to share the stage at his 2004 address to the worldwide congregation in Guwahati, Assam and Shankaracharaya Swarupananda
Within our own hearts, we have carried the memory of 7/7’s innocent lost lives throughout every journey of each pilgrimage – our own eternal flame of unity and hope amidst despair.
We have also extended partnerships across the South East Asia to assist in on-going projects for comparative multi-lingual translations of religious scriptures.
This project intends to counter-act key misinterpretations of scripture and offer reliable insights which are accessible to all.