St Alban and Imam Mohammed Mahmood

Today’s feast reminds us of an important but hard truth. St Alban, the proto-martyr of Britain, saved the life of a Christian priest at the risk of his own when he himself was not yet baptized. Imam Mohammed Mahmood risked his life to save that of the man who had just made a murderous attack on worshippers emerging from the Finsbury Park Mosque. Both acted instinctively, and that instinct tells us a great deal about what it means to be pure of heart and to have a profound reverence for God. Neither thought of the danger to themselves, only of the right thing to do. That phrase may have been almost emptied of meaning by some politicians, but for most of us it still has validity in terms of right conduct, courage and the determination not to allow hatred to flourish. Few of us know how we would act under similar circumstances, so today, as we give thanks for the example of St Alban and Imam Mohammed Mahmood, let us pray that we too may have the grace to ‘spread God’s protective wing’ over all in need, especially those who may seem to have no special claim on us, indeed sometimes the reverse, but are His beloved children.


5 thoughts on “St Alban and Imam Mohammed Mahmood”

  1. In the mayhem of the attack a group of Muslim men responded immediately by kneeling down on the pavement in prayer.
    ‘An attack on one faith is an attack on all.’

  2. The Holy Spirit, the grace of God and the love of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, act in manifold and mysterious ways. Blessed are St Alban and Imam Mohammed. So are you, Sister Catherine, for drawing this wonderful analogy across faith.

  3. “When one of the brothers told me that he had hit a jew without any reason, rather with vanity and injustice, I told him, “Do not hit a jew or christian or a muslim. Strike your self and keep on beating it until it dies. That is absolutely necessary!”

    Moulay al-‘Arabi ad-Darqawi
    Letters from the Shaykh to the Fuqara’

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