A Mormon church is receiving praise from around the world after it invited a group of Muslims to visit and pray with them in Brisbane, Australia.
Ali Kadri, a representative of the Islamic Council of Queensland, said he and other guests were given a room to pray in during the multi-faith tour, meaning there were “two faiths praying to the same God in a different way within the same building”.
Facebook pictures showed Mr Kadri and his fellow worshippers from Brisbane’s 108-year-old Holland Park Mosque praying in the church, and the post has since been shared more than 5,000 times.
Their hosts at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints “displayed amazing manners” during the tour, which was part of the Mormon group’s annual Christmas outreach programme.
“It was time for us to pray evening prayers and they gave us a room within the church to pray,” Mr Kadri wrote on Facebook.
Speaking to local TV station 2News about why the Facebook post to his 64 followers online proved so popular, Mr Kadri said he believed it showed the world was hungry for some good news among the bad.
“Small gestures like these should be normal and nothing special,” he said. “The fact that this post has gone viral simply shows that we need to keep on doing this till it becomes the norm.”
A spokeswoman for the LDS Church, Sue Owen, also spoke to 2News. She said bringing together multiple faiths for shared events was a great way to “find peace”. “We can promote peace by finding out what we have in common, rather than what sets us apart,” she said.