Muslim prayer Facebook post deleted by Gloucester Cathedral
- 20 January 2017
- From the section Gloucestershire
An online video of a Muslim prayer being recited at Gloucester Cathedral has been removed from its Facebook page after it became a "forum for abuse".
Imam Hassan, from Gloucester, read the prayer during a multi-faith exhibition.
The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of the Cathedral, said the day itself was held without problem but the Facebook post attracted "unacceptable comments".
Imam Hassan said Dean Lake was an "inspiration" and the mosque would take on "his values of peace and tolerance".
The prayer was filmed on a mobile phone at the launch of the art exhibition, which includes other religions and beliefs such as Rastafarianism, Hinduism and Paganism.
Dean Lake said: "There was nothing wrong with the fact of what took place here.
"This was part of an educational day - learning about people of different faiths. So in that sense, no problem whatsoever.
"But because of the comments that came, we have to take responsibility for our own website and our own Facebook page and they became unacceptable.
"And that was a way of stopping that conversation, so that the real conversation can take place."
Imam Hassan said in a statement: "The relationship between the faith community in Gloucester is great.
"This exhibition was a great opportunity for all our faith leaders to come together, and show a united front to those that hold the view that we can't live and work together.
"I take great inspiration from the work Reverend Stephen Lake is doing in our city and beyond, and I hope to emulate him."