To celebrate the Queen’s diamond Jubilee, the Foundation initiated the project “Interfaith Card for the Jubilee”. 60 Muslim, Jewish and Christian children aged 11-12, each one representing one year of the Queen’s reign, worked together in mixed faith groups for 3 Sundays to create a unique Jubilee congratulation card for the Queen.
The card, one by one-and-a-half meter and designed as a triptych contains drawings of the Queen, the children’s family representations and 8 poems of congratulations written by the children for the Queen. The project also included specially designed interfaith activities for this project.
The boys and girls came from Sunni and Shi’a Muslim schools; Jewish Orthodox, Reform and Sephardi schools; Christian children came from state schools. The major aim of the project was to encourage children of Abrahamic faiths, particularly Muslim and Jewish, many of whom had not previously had any such close interaction, to co-operate together on an interfaith project for an event of major national significance.
The project is an initiative of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, an officially registered joint Muslim-Jewish interfaith charity that creates interactions between Muslims and Jews based on realistic, pragmatic and constructive projects. The Foundation is a leading national interfaith organisation which spearheads projects with university students, religious leaders and academics.