Jamaat Glasgow hosts dinner to strengthen community bonds

Arshad Mehmood Khan, Scotland Correspondent
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Photo courtesy of AMJ Scotland

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Glasgow hosted a New Year’s dinner on 14 January 2024, at the Baitur Rahman Mosque, Glasgow, under the theme “Peace Through Unity”, and brought together over 200 guests, including 100 non-Muslims.

A beautiful exhibition about the history of Islam and its sacred places was designed by Lajna Imaillah Glasgow.

The event started with a recitation from the Holy Quran with English translation, followed by an introductory video about the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Missionary Fakhar Ahmad Aftab Sahib delivered a welcome speech, followed by an address by Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib, missionary-in-charge UK, who focused on the pivotal role of unity in promoting lasting peace.

Some of the distinguished guests included Kirsten Oswald, MP for East Renfrewshire, Dr Sandesh Gulhane, MSP for Glasgow Region, and Reverend Mike Fucella, Minister for the Church of Scotland.

The presence of esteemed guests underscored the significance of interfaith dialogue and collaboration in building a cohesive community.

Kirsten Oswald MP, East Renfrewshire, said:

“An inspiring event that promotes unity and understanding. I commend the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for their commitment to fostering peace in our community.”

Dr Sandesh Gulhane, MSP, Glasgow (Region) expressed:

“The New Year Dinner exemplifies the power of diversity and unity. It is heartening to see communities join hands for a common goal.”

Reverend Mike Fucella, Minister for the Church of Scotland, said:

“A wonderful evening highlighting the importance of harmony among different faiths. Congratulations to AMC Glasgow for organising such a meaningful event.”

An interesting question-and-answer session was also held, followed by a vote of thanks by Muhammad Ahsan Ahmad Sahib. The event ended with a silent prayer.

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