Rafi Abbas

Peace Mala Endorsement

Voluntary Police Force Chaplain for Gwent Police

Rafi Abbas was born in Baghdad, Iraq. He arrived in the UK in the summer 1979. Rafi later studied at Loughborough University in the early eighties. He moved to South Wales in 1983. He married Christine and settled in Blaenau Gwent where they raised four children.

Rafi worked for 21 years in the plastic & rubber manufacturing industries, and after that worked as a support carer for 12 years.

Now retired, Rafi is involved in voluntary projects including voluntary work as a Police Force Chaplain for Gwent Police.   Rafi is a member of the Baha’i faith.
https://www.bahai.org/

Here is what he has to say about Peace Mala:

Interfaith dialogue is so important in our lives; it is an essential aspect for the harmonious existence of all of us, and this dialogue has made impressive contributions toward promoting unity among the world’s religious communities.

In one of the Baha’i writings, it tells us:
'The divine religions must be the cause of oneness among men, and the means of unity and love; they must promulgate universal peace, free man from every prejudice, bestow joy and gladness, exercise kindness to all men and do away with every difference and distinction.' - Abdu’l-Bahá (son of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Baha’i faith).

Christine & Hana Abbas lighting the peace candle
for the Baha'i faith

27th of November, 2002 was the launch of the Peace Mala project at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff. My wife, Christine, and my youngest daughter, Hana, took part in that wonderful event and represented the Baha’i faith by lighting the peace candle for Bahai’s all over the world.

Since that date, Peace Mala has reached so many people with the great objective of bringing people of different faiths together in the spirit of love and tolerance. I wish all the best for this brilliant project, and may it go from strength to strength.

Well-done dear Pam for all your hard work, and the hard work done by your volunteers.

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