In 2018 Mona was awarded a grant from the Issachar Fund to explore the topic of gratitude in Christian and Islamic thought. Both Islamic and Christian traditions emphasise the importance of divine gift-giving and gratitude as the appropriate human response. Theological literature, however, has tended to focus on the divine action rather than the human response. As a result, relatively little has been written about the theology of gratitude and its role in the religious life.
Over three international workshops, leading scholars examined the concept of gratitude from Christian and Muslim theological and philosophical perspectives. These international workshops were held at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh (2018), Yale Centre for Faith and Culture, Yale University (2019) and the British University in Dubai, Dubai (2020).
Gratitude: Community and Outreach
In December 2019, in partnership with the Christian Muslim Forum and Near Neighbours, the project held an event, ‘Gratitude in Community Work’, at Bradford Cathedral. The event was hosted by Bishop Toby Howarth and Mona Siddiqui, and featured presentations from Qari Asim of Leeds Makkah Mosque and Kaneez Khan of Wellsprings Together. Two grassroots organisations, Touchstone and BIASAN, were recognised with the Issachar Fund Community Prize. More information about the event can be found here:
.In collaboration with the Glasgow School of Art, the project also administered the Issachar Fund Art Prize, which was awarded to artist Soniya Ahmed for two paintings exploring the theme of gratitude. Please add the picture here as well as keeping the link
Details on a new Christian- Muslim project on Loyalty and Fidelity sponsored by the Issachar Fund