Saturday, May 27, 2017

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim leader in Waltham Forest call for calm as Ramadan begins


“We’re making sure we’re doing our level best to integrate into our community by holding dialogues with others. We have open doors and we invite people to come in."

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: East London and West Essex Guardian
By Laura O'Callaghan | Excerpts | May 26, 2017

MUSLIM leaders are calling for calm as Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, begins just days after the Manchester terrorist attack.

The religious festival starts tonight, Friday May 26, and will see Muslims fast off food, drink cigarettes and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset.

It comes after the Met increased its policing operations in the capital ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

On Tuesday the Prime Minister raised the threat level from severe to critical. Soldiers were sent to protect key sites and public events.
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Ramadan will run until Saturday June 24.

Every evening Muslims will gather for prayers and a meal, known as iftar.

Mubashir Ahmad Saddiqi of Baitul Ahad Mosque in Erskine Road, Walthamstow, said his community are making efforts to reach out to non-Muslims at this difficult time.

Mr Saddiqi, who is a member of the Ahmadiyya community, a minority sect of Islam, said: “We are calling for peace. Obviously there’s some extremist element within our community but not the majority.

“We’re trying to spread our message which is love for all and hatred for none.

“We’re making sure we’re doing our level best to integrate into our community by holding dialogues with others. We have open doors and we invite people to come in.

“We will have a minute’s silence at our Friday prayers to remember the victims of the tragic incident in Manchester. It’s horrific really.”
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Waltham Forest has the fifth largest Muslim population in England and the third largest in London. Almost a quarter of residents identify as Muslim.


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