As a Christian and someone who also predominantly works within the realms of Sharia law, I am always in wonder at the relevance of faith in the world today. It is important we understand why certain events happen and how we reconcile our lives within such challenging times.
The events of recent months have shocked people around the world and the last few blogs have addressed many of the issues that have arisen from this. However, it is so important that as individuals we endeavour to play our part in the larger community around us. If we are tolerant and show love, we will eventually win over the hearts and minds of those who feel that the only way is violence and intolerance.
This week I am spending time with family and friends at Hilfield Friary in Dorset, where we are reflecting on these troubling times, in particular the refugee crisis that continues to unfold. In such peaceful surroundings, it is easy to forget the troubled world around us. However, we use this strength to seek justice, and through prayer and actions, a better place for all.
The bible explains that Love is patient, love is kind… it is not rude, it is not self-seeking… Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. In the Quran, it states that we treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need.
If we can take our love and meet those without, maybe all of us can start to make a difference.
Stuart Hutton FCSI, DipPFS
Chief Investment Officer