Today there are roughly 2.4 million Muslims living in Britain. They come from all over the world and include second and third generation immigrants as well as converts from the British population. There are over 1600 mosques and most universities have prayer rooms designated for Muslim students.
Events of recent years have made it difficult for many Christians to build relationships with Muslims in their neighbourhoods. Cultural misunderstandings and the isolation of Muslim communities have made it challenging for many British Christians to know where to begin in making friends with Muslims.
There are those on both sides who are addressing the fears and creating platforms where relationships can develop in shared schoolyards, workplaces and neighbourhoods.
- Pray against the fear which many British people have about Muslim culture.
- Pray for genuine friendships to develop across the cultural barriers and for real love to characterise the relationships between Muslim and Christian.
- Pray that the church would be a hospitable place for new Muslim immigrants and other alienated Muslims, and that programs to assist them would demonstrate the love of Christ.
- Pray that ongoing dialogue between Christian and Muslim leaders in this nation would be fruitful.