Christmas and Id-al-Fitr – religious harmony in practice

Can’t resist posting this, our first blog, again this year!

Father Christmas

float used at the procession for the lantern festival on the eve of Id-al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan), taken by Humphrey Fisher in Freetown, Sierra Leone, January 12th, 1967. Freetown is on the Atlantic coast of Africa, and Humphrey spent Christmas 2013  with us on the Atlantic coast in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

Reflecting on his life spanning Islam and Christianity, we decided to start this blog together.

Religious tolerance

has been a hallmark of Humphrey’s view of life. He has engaged with so many different Christian denominations in his life (spirituality) and in his research (Africa). While his academic career developed his focus on Islam south of the Sahara, his personal life drew him to become a Quaker and later to be ordained in the Church in Wales. And one of his earliest articles was on religious toleration among Muslim and other religious groups in West Africa, published in Patterns of Prejudice, a journal of the Institute of Jewish Affairs.

At this time of the birth of Jesus, so important in Islam and Christianity, we wish you

Joy &


at this time; may we nourish the seeds of


with love together throughout the coming year.

(posted by Thomas and Julie)

4 thoughts on “Christmas and Id-al-Fitr – religious harmony in practice”

    1. Thanks, glad you like it. I see many of your posts are from Rajasthan, and of course India is one of the best countries for people of all religions celebrating each other’s festival happily, something the rest of the world doesn’t always realise – my husband lived there for four years. I’ve actually got a great picture of a sleigh being pulled by two elephants on one of our Christmas cards this year, that came from a visit to a wedding in India. too

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      1. Am sure Santa’s reindeers would like the break.Thank you for your lovely comments. It has been a coincidence that have traveled repeatedly to Rajasthan since I started blogging in August


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