Walking the walk for Woking causes

MEMBERS of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK hosted an Eid dinner and cheque presentation at Sheerwater’s Parkview Centre last week in celebration of the group’s 100 years in the community.

As part of a nationwide fundraiser, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK recently held a fundraising ‘Walk for Peace’ – the proceeds of which were donated to 100 organisations across the country.

RAISE THE BAR – Woking Mayor Anne Roberts with members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

RAISE THE BAR – Woking Mayor Anne Roberts with members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

In total the group raised more than £250,000.

The Woking branch opted to donate the £500 they raised to The Mayor’s Charity, which this year is Parkinson’s UK and Woking Hospice.

The event, aimed at fostering peace and service to society, was a first for the Woking branch, although it has hosted several local peace symposiums in the past.

Guests at last Thursday’s dinner and presentation included Woking Mayor Anne Roberts, Jonathan Lord MP (left), charity reps and Surrey Police’s recently appointed assistant commissioner for equality and diversity Shiraz Mirza.

The keynote address, delivered by guest speaker the imam of the London Mosque, Ata-ul Mujeeb Rashid, explained about the two major Muslim festivals, Eid-ul-Fitr, which comes at the end of the month of Ramadhan, and Eid-ul-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, marking the completion of Hajj – which is the pilgrimage to Mecca.

He also stated that true peace is really only established when one recognises and come’s closer to one’s creator. The keynote address ended with the imam quoting from the Farwell Address of the Prophet of Islam.

Cheques were presented to the mayor’s charities and three other local groups, which included the St Peter’s Hospital’s Early Births Fund, Friends of Chernobyl’s Children and The York Road Project.

Mayor Roberts applauded the charitable contribution of the organisation. She said: “The group really reached out to the people of our borough.”

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