Mosque for Welwyn Hatfield?

PUBLISHED: 16:06 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

Raiseing awareness for a campaign to build a community centre.

Raiseing awareness for a campaign to build a community centre.

A LARGE gathering of Muslims in Welwyn Hatfield got together to raise awareness for a campaign to build a community centre. Over 200 people attended the event which marked the launch of an appeal to raise £300,000 towards the opening of a new Islamic cent

A LARGE gathering of Muslims in Welwyn Hatfield got together to raise awareness for a campaign to build a community centre.

Over 200 people attended the event which marked the launch of an appeal to raise £300,000 towards the opening of a new Islamic centre in WGC.

The event was organised by the Welwyn and Hatfield Islamic Society, which has been created to establish a permanent home for the Muslim community.

Assistant secretary Salim Ahmed told the WHT how he hoped the different communities in Welwyn Hatfield would one day come together as one.

The 42-year-old said: "The day was about raising awareness and it was fantastic, especially with the children when they performed in the play Hajj.

"We are quite isolated in the area, so the day was about trying to bring the communities together."

Fozia, Salim's wife, runs Arabic and Islamic classes, from 10am to noon at a Sunday school held at Sir Frederic Osborn School in Herns Lane, WGC.

Their daughter, one of four children, Mehnaz, 15, and her friend Afsara Chawhour, 15, attend the Sunday school and wrote the script for the play performed on the day.

Salim added: "Around 50 children attend the classes and help out whenever they need to, which is great."

Welwyn Hatfield mayor Carl Storer was among the guests at Saturday's event, as well as Sadiq Khan, Labour MP for Tooting.

Mr Khan said: "The society is going from strength to strength.

"For them to properly prosper, they urgently need a building in the community.

"I hope the generosity of the wider community locally will mean that donations are provided for this important project."

If you would like to make a donation or join the Sunday school, call Salim on 07880 713660 or email salimahmed_25@hotmail.com

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