Carla Gonen – Jewish

Hassan Shauq – Muslim

Photographer - Dharmendra Patel, Outroslide Photography


How the friendship was formed


Carla and Hassan became friends at the Faith Guiding course. A group of seven Muslims, one Christian, one Buddhist and one Jew trained together to show visitors around their places of worship. Carla was getting married a week after the final session and the whole group clubbed together to buy her a surprise wedding present. The present was given to her in the synagogue which they visited as part of the final session.


Location:


Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, Edgbaston


What our friendship means to us:

Carla: ‘The friendship has given me the confidence to talk to Muslims. I had felt apologetic for being Jewish. Now I know I have no need to hide my faith. I have been accepted by them.’

Hassan: ‘Our friendship has challenged misconceptions. We have exchanged views and now we know each other.’