Saturday, July 29, 2017

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders' Launch Walk For Peace in East Hampshire


“We hope to raise money to help relieve the suffering of others but also to bring people together to promote peace and goodwill.”

From left: Cllr Laetitia Pienaar, Rafi Ahmad Bhatti, Rizwan Ullah Khan,
Cllr Julie Butler and Muhammad Luqman promote the Charity Walk for Peace.
Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Surrey and Hants News
By S&HN Staff Report | July 28, 2017

A Muslim group is launching a walk for peace in a bid to build bridges and mend divisions across the community.

Ahmadiyya Muslims are calling on people to walk shoulder to shoulder with them at a Charity Walk for Peace to be held near Alton.

Rizwan Ullah Khan, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elder Association (AMEA), said: “Our message is love for all, hatred for none. This message is as important in these times as it has ever been and I hope that all people who want to live in peace together will come to the event and walk with us.

“This walk is inspired by tenets of Islam, of peace and understanding to your fellow man regardless of colour, creed or race.

“We hope to raise money to help relieve the suffering of others but also to bring people together to promote peace and goodwill.”

The five-mile walk, organised with the support of East Hampshire District Council, will be held on September 9 and will run from Bentley station to the Alice Holt Forest visitor centre.

Cllr Julie Butler, East Hampshire District Council’s portfolio holder for customer relations, said: “In East Hampshire we are lucky to live in such tight-knit and tolerant communities. But it is no longer just enough to live that way - we must also demonstrate to the world that these are our values so that others may follow our lead.

“That’s why the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elder Association’s Charity Walk for Peace is so important and why we are happy to support it.”

Walks for Peace were launched by the AMEA in London in 1985 and since that time more than £3.5million has been raised for more than 250 charities.

This is the first walk in East Hampshire and the AMEA hopes local residents will turn out in force to support it.

Last weekend the Ahmadiyya gathered in East Worldham for the annual Jalsa Salana festival, an event that attracted 38,000 visitors and was watched by two million members of the worldwide Ahmadiyya community on television.

The Charity Walk for Peace will focus its fundraising on two local charities each year.

This year the primary recipients will be Home-Start Butser and Home-Start WeyWater, and the Southern Domestic Abuse Service.

For more information, visit www.charitywalkforpeace.org.


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