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Passion Islam I July 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 9
Leeds Masjid holds
Islamic exhibition event
Leeds Makkah Masjid last display, information about the education, voluntary,
month opened up its doors the miracles of the Qur’an, community and faith sectors, that as a world we will live to
to the wider community to comprehensiveness and lectures from Universities and learn alongside each other.
learn about the Muslim faith applicability of Islam to our representatives from local I thank you for the step that
and culture, with a view to modern society, as well as council also attended the you have taken and I wish you
spreading and celebrating the the tremendous contribution event. every success in the coming
city’s diverse and multi-faith Muslims have historically Rev Canon McCreadie months and years”.
spiritual heritage. made in the fields of (Cathedral Dean) said: Imam of Makkah Masjid,
Makkah Masjid hoped mathematics, medical science, “Diversity in our city gives Hafiz Asim said: “The event
that by developing a better geography and astronomy, rise to new challenges to was an eye-opener for many.
understanding of the message was displayed. Highlights reflect on the core principles The general consensus
of peace propagated by Islam included a tour of the Masjid, of a democratic society which amongst those who attended
within the wider community, a detailed description and must have in its heart the the Masjid was that the
the barriers created by explanation of the calligraphy recognising of religious liberty experience was informative,
underlying suspicion between and Islamic artwork inside the as a basic human rights. The enjoyable and spiritually
different communities could dome. The centre piece of the annual Connecting Cultures uplifting. It is hoped that by
be broken down and the display was, without doubt, event is] very important event providing an opportunity
message that Islam truly the spectacular calligraphy in our city to discover the core for people of other faiths
does equal “Peace” could be on the inside of the Masjid’s values that we all share and to explore the beauty of
spread. With these objectives dome, which was produced by how we can promote mutual Islam within the setting
in mind, Leeds Muslim Council the Gold-medalist, renowned understanding.” of the Masjid’s traditional
got involved in the Leeds wide Pakistani calligrapher, Naveed Hilary Benn, Minister for architectural designs and
‘Treasures Revealed’ initiative Bhatti, in 2006. Environment and Rural contemporary styles, the
and opened the doors of the As well as the Islamic Affairs said: “I applaud the whole community has
Masjid to the general public, exhibition which was opened community for the initiative to benefited from greater respect
both Muslim and non-Muslim to the general public, a special open the doors and invite the and mutual understanding.
alike. ‘Connecting Cultures’ session community of Leeds inside this During the course of the
With Yorkshire’s largest was held for senior members magnificent place. This gives open days around 3,000
ever Islamic exhibition on of local statutory bodies: us hope and encouragement people visited the Masjid.
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