Syed Adeel Shah, UK
Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Whitehill and Bordon held an interfaith programme on 6 December 2023 in Bordon and invited all the surrounding locals. Over 100 people attended this event. The photos of this event were later published on the local social media channels, which consist of more than 17,000 people, and are being received positively.
The event commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran with its translation, followed by a welcome address by the Chairman of East Hampshire District Council and talks by the local police, a Buddhist faith leader, a Hindu faith leader, a rabbi, a pastor and an Ahmadiyya Muslim missionary, Ataul Fatir Tahir Sahib.
An introduction to Islam Ahmadiyyat was presented by Khalil Yousuf Sahib, followed by a vote of thanks and silent prayer, led by Atta ul Quddus Sahib, Naib Amir Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK.
The feedback from attendees is as follows:
Roger Leonard Macdivitt said, “It was a very all-inclusive event. As always, I felt welcome and was impressed by how nearly everyone had peace placed very high on their agenda. You are such good hosts. Thank you.”
Sadie Robertshaw expressed, “Thanks for organising the programme for peace. It was a privilege to attend and I really enjoyed it.”
Lindsay Kelly shared, “On behalf of Curtis Bone, Dave Leach and myself, thank you very much for inviting us to your One World—Many Faiths event. It was a very informative and well-organised event. Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved.”
Joulia Prothero-Thomas said, “We have just returned home from the One World—Many Faiths evening and wanted to write to thank you so much for a very enlightening and hope-filled evening for a better world. The speakers and participants from all faiths give us hope that our children have a future in which we can all live in peace together. We very much look forward to any other events/meetings etc., that will be held and hope that we can participate in them in the future. Once again, our thanks for a very enlightening and enjoyable evening.”
Sue Kelly said, “Thank you for inviting me as a guest to tonight’s Voices for Peace. You had interesting speakers. We are all singing the same lyrics. Make peace with yourself first and the rest follows. If I can help again in any way, please feel free to contact me. I hope everyone found something useful.”