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Mount Alvernia College

Educating young women in the Franciscan tradition


Interfaith Excursion to Islamic College of Brisbane

Date: June 7, 2019    Posted by: Camilla Horn

On 2 May, twenty Year 12 Study of Religion students, along with the Padua year 12 SOR class, went to the Islamic College of Brisbane for a day of interfaith dialogue.  This day was definitely an eye-opener as we got to see how life at the ICB is very different to our own.  That being said, the girls still enjoy the same things we do, obsessing over formal dresses, Coachella, and TV shows.

We were fortunate enough to hear presentations of all the wonderful ways their college gives back to local and international communities, and this was very inspiring.  It was amazing to hear from their school captains about how both of our religions are founded on the same principle: peace.  With the recent tragic events of Christchurch, interfaith dialogue visits and communications are so important, as we can negate the negative and untrue stereotypes of the Islamic religion.  One of their teachers, along with their senior students, showed us how they pray five times a day.  It felt truly special, being able to watch them so dedicated to their religion and faith.  We then had the amazing opportunity of the ICB girls dressing us with colourful hijabs.

All in all, the day was unforgettable, and friendships were forged that will last for a very long time.