In a landmark initiative, Jamia Islamia Ghousia Trust on Westbourne Road, Luton invited almost 100 people from different religious and cultural backgrounds to come together and share the joy of Eid-ul-Fitr at the Mosque on Friday, August 30.
Allama Qazi Abdul Aziz Chishti, Senior Imam and director of the Mosque, highlighted the importance of strengthening mutual friendship, peace and understanding across difference faiths and cultures in a town as diverse as Luton.
Other guest speakers on the occasion included number of Councillors, Kelvin Hopkins (MP, Luton North), Rt Revd Dr Richard Atkinson (Bishop of Bedford & Luton), Spencer Colvin (Chairman L& D Hospital) Zafar Khan (Chair, Luton Council of Faiths), Waliyaat Khan (Secretary, Sunni Council of Mosques).
Bishop Richard highlighted the fact that nationally, Christian Muslim Forum had circulated an Eid Greeting from all different Christian Churches to Muslims in UK.
Natu Bhai, a Hindu and also the joint Vice Chair of Luton Council of Faiths said: “Coming and standing with people of different backgrounds, we do not just reflect the richness and diversity of our town, but also promote acceptance while rejecting hatred and prejudice.”