ENGLAND: Adventists and Muslims Share Perspectives
n a joint venture between the Global Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations (GCAMR) in Loma Linda, California, United States; Newbold College in Binfield, England; and the Shia Muslim community in the United Kingdom, Adventists and Muslims met recently to share their perspectives on last-day events. About 50 Adventists from Newbold College and the South England Conference attended the event.
Jerald W. Whitehouse, director of GCAMR, was the main speaker on behalf of the Adventist Church, and Sheikh Bahmanpour, head of the undergraduate and postgraduate departments of Islamic Studies at Islamic College, located in London, England, was the featured Muslim speaker on behalf of the Islamic Center of England. Other presenters included Oscar Osindo, also of GCAMR, and Sheikh Ali Al Hakim, researcher for the Islamic Center of England.
Many common biblical beliefs and perspectives were discussed, including the second coming of Jesus and how both Adventists and Muslims look forward to His coming and see it as the time when peace and justice will be restored.
“I hope that many more similar events will take place between Adventists and Muslims in the future,” says Whitehouse.
—Global Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations/AR