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Iftar and Cheque presentation to Saint John’s Infant School Dewsbury on July 10, 2015.

Iftar and Cheque presentation to Saint John’s Infant School Dewsbury on July 10, 2015.

Dewsbury is a town in West Yorkshire with a high Muslim population.  The town is frequently in the press for negative reasons.  The leader of the 7/7 bombings was from Dewsbury and the most recent incident concerned a 19 year old boy from the Town who took part in a suicide bombing attack for ISIS in Syria.  Some in the local and national press have accused Dewsbury of being a “breeding ground” for terrorists.

Dewsbury falls under the Spen Valley Majlis and the Zaeem of Spen Valley, Mr Arif Ahmad, is a Governor at St John’s Infant School – a local school which he attended over 40 years ago.

The School is a Church of England School with close links to local Christians and Dewsbury Minster (the main Church in Dewsbury).  Both Dewsbury Minster and the local church were visited by the Zaeem of Spen Valley and his wife to invite members to the Iftar Party on 10 July 2015.  In addition teachers and Governors from St Johns School and friends and neighbours from the local community were also invited to the event.

The event was attended by 50 non-Ahmadi guests who were treated to a brief introduction to Ramadan by Maulana Sabahat Karim.  As part of Majlis Ansarullah UK’s campaign to support local charities, Dr Muzaffar Chaudhary, Regional Nazim of the North East Region, presented a cheque for £500 to the Head Mistress of the School – Mrs Lynn Hill.  She said she was delighted and overwhelmed by the donation which will go towards the cost of a Nursery that the school is trying to secure.  The guests were then served a meal at Iftar time.  Both local priests, Reverend Canon Kevin Partington and Reverend Kathy Robertson also addressed the guests and thanked everyone for attending and promoting peace.

Majlis Ansarullah also set up a Holy Quran exhibition at the event which was well received and referred to by both Reverend Canon Kevin Partington and Reverend Kathy Robertson in their addresses.  As they left guests were presented with copies of the Life of Muhammad and World Crisis and Pathway to Peace and some chocolates.  In total 60 books were distributed.  All of the guests enjoyed the function and said that they looked forward to future events.

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