Extremism issues at the heart of campaign
HAYES & Harlington MP John McDonnell was one of 170 people to attend a dinner aiming to unite all communities against extremism last Saturday.
Organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association ( AMA) and hosted at the Baitul Amn Mosque, in Royal Lane, Uxbridge, the event was part of the nationwide campaign United Against Extremism.
One of the key features of this campaign is an attempt to highlight the message of peace.
The Imam of the Baitul Aman Mosque, Imam Mansur, said: “The turnout of the guests was beyond our expectations.
“We are especially very grateful to the numerous faith leaders who personally attended the event and the many messages of support we received from churches and synagogues.”
The keynote speaker was Imam Ata Ul Mukeed Rashid, vicepresident of the AMA, who discussed the true meaning of Islam.
Mr McDonnell discussed how Ahmadis are always at the forefront of any problem that arises not only nationally but also at a local level, with one example being the leaflet distribution programme on Islam’s response to extremism.
The evening was concluded with a question and answer session discussing nuclear equipment, why Muslim women wear hijabs and the role of women in Islam, to name a few.
After the event, Mr Mansur said: “Whoever attends such an event for him it becomes crystal clear how far extremist groups such as ISIS are from the true teaching of Islam and that their evil actions and the ways are purely for personal gain and material interests.”
Asked if the event was a success, he added: “The event had not finished yet and people were asking when the next event is going to happen.”
n GOOD TURNOUT: People from all walks of life gathered for the ‘United Against Extremism’ event in Hillingdon; (right) Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, also attended