British Asia News Network
London: The League of British Muslims arranged their annual end of year event, a celebration of Christmas, Eid, Hanukkah and Diwali on the 13th December at the Muslim Community Centre at Ilford, bringing together people of different faiths and cultures, fostering mutual respect and developing better inter-faith unity.
A unique event organised by Muslims to celebrate other faiths at a time when the world is reeling over national and international conflicts between various faith groups was well attended by national and political leaders, foreign diplomats, leaders of other faiths and personnel from statutory and voluntary agencies and NGOs working with refugees of the current crisis came together to share a meal and celebrate their national and international development work.
Julien Brazier, the former MP from Canterbury and Former Minister in MoD has patronised the event for the last 10 years and the host of the evening Bashir Chaudhry has been with the forces, reputed for unashamedly ‘countering extremist terror through inter-faith dialogue.’
“We do this every year to promote peace, harmony, respect and tolerance for everybody. It’s so important that we respect each other in today’s scenario and every faith teaches you tolerance towards others,” said Bashir Chaudhry.
The event coincided with the graduation of the first Sikh priestess Flt Lft Mandeep Kaur to the British Royal Air Force and Muslim priest Omar Ali at the Royal Naval base in Northolt.
As a part of the continuing work with the Muslim community, the Royal Armed Forces actively affirmed their connection and interest in the community, using the opportunity to broaden and deepen the Armed Forces relations with the South Asian community, showing the inclusive nature of the forces and the breadth of professionals and career paths within it.