UK: Glasgow Ahmadiyya Muslims welcome 250 Partick community to dinner for dialogue

Source: dailyrecord.co.uk

PARTICK Burgh Hall hosted 250 people from all backgrounds for the belated Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Glasgow New Year Dinner where speakers addressed the recent Charlie Hebdo and Pakistan school attacks.

Partick Burgh Hall hosted 250 people for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Glasgow New Year Dinner on Sunday night

Partick Burgh Hall hosted 250 people for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Glasgow New Year Dinner on Sunday night

WE may be well into 2015 but there was a New Year celebration with a difference at the weekend that brought together 250 people from all corners of the community.

Partick Burgh Hall hosted the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Glasgow New Year Dinner on Sunday night attended by residents, politicians, police and others.

Pierre-Alain Coffinier, French Consul General from Edinburgh, and Imam Ataul Mujeeb Rashed, from London, both spoke at the dinner

Pierre-Alain Coffinier, French Consul General from Edinburgh, and Imam Ataul Mujeeb Rashed, from London, both spoke at the dinner

In a sign of unity, Imam Ataul Mujeeb Rashed traveled from London to address the Glasgow dinner on Sunday alongside Pierre-Alain Coffinier, French Consul General from Edinburgh to denounce the recent attacks and promote peaceful dialogue.

Mr Rashed said Islam does not permit a person to take the law into their own hands, “under any circumstances” and condemned the Paris attacks “absolutely”. But he added that the media should not mock religions and “it is never right to provoke the religious feelings/sentiments of any religious person”.

He told Glasgow Now: “There was attentive listening and thought-provoking questions. Many people don’t have full knowledge of Islam. Islam does not promote violence – people use the name of God for their own purposes.

“The killing [in Paris] was a big crime. Defaming Islam is also a crime. That’s a struggle.

“I thought tonight was a… read more at dailyrecord.co.uk

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