More than 100 people gathered in Northiam on 22nd June to hear a lecture entitled ‘Islam Today: A Personal View’ given by Pestalozzi Council Member Penelope Hamilton. Mrs Hamilton lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and maintains an interest in the region. The lecture reflected her personal view of the many problems facing Islam and the West today.
Although a challenging topic, Penelope Hamilton’s speech provided a valuable insight into Islamic beliefs; she stated, "The image of Islam has been badly damaged by ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates, but it is worth remembering that it is only a very small minority of the 1.6 billion worldwide Muslim community who adhere to the extremist interpretation of the faith”.
There has been a lack of knowledge with regard to Islam and Mrs Hamilton’s talk offered the opportunity to counteract some common misbeliefs.
Susan Walton, CEO of Pestalozzi, said "It was the most accessible lecture I have ever heard on this complex subject; it resonated with me particularly as Pestalozzi is very much about embracing difference and diversity”. Pestalozzi student Syeed Ansari commented "I learned a great deal about the history behind the current problems. It is good that Mrs Hamilton’s lecture has brought people together to talk about these important issues”.
All proceeds from the event were kindly donated to Pestalozzi International Village Trust. In total, a fantastic £3430 was raised for the charity.
If you wish to read Penelope Hamilton’s speech in full please contact Pestalozzi on 01424 870444, email email@example.com to obtain a copy.
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