Muslim group launches
walk for peace
A Muslim group is launching a walk for peace in a bid to
build bridges and mend divisions across the community.
Ahmadiyya Muslims are
calling on people to walk shoulder to shoulder with them at a Charity
Walk for Peace to be held near Alton, Hampshire.
Rizwan Ullah Khan, of the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Elder Association (AMEA), said: “Our message is love
for all, hatred for none. This message is as important in these times
as it has ever been and I hope that all people who want to live in
peace together will come to the event and walk with us.
“This walk is inspired by
tenets of Islam, of peace and understanding to your fellow man
regardless of colour, creed or race.
“We hope to raise money
to help relieve the suffering of others but also to bring people
together to promote peace and goodwill.”
The five mile walk,
organised with the support of East Hampshire District Council, will be
held on 9 September and will run from Bentley Station to the Alice Holt
Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s
Portfolio Holder for Customer Relations, said: “In East Hampshire we
are lucky to live in such tight-knit and tolerant communities.
“But it is no longer just
enough to live that way – we must also demonstrate to the world that
these are our values so that others may follow our lead.
“That’s why the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Association’s Charity Walk for Peace is so important and why we
are happy to support it.”
Walks for Peace were
launched by the AMEA in London in 1985 and since that time more than
£3.5 million has been raised for more than 250 charities.
This is the first time
the walk has been brought to East Hampshire and the AMEA hopes local
residents will turn out in force to support it.
Last weekend the
Ahmadiyya gathered in East Worldham, in East Hampshire, for the annual
Jalsa Salana festival, an event that attracts tens of thousands of
attendees and is streamed to millions among the Ahmadiyya community
The Charity Walk for
Peace will focus its fundraising on two local charities each year. This
year the primary recipients will be Homestart Butser and Homestart
Weywater and the Southern Domestic Abuse Service.
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The Ahmadiyya Movement in
Islam was founded by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) in 1889 who
proclaimed to be the Promised Messiah of the latter days. Since its
inception, the community has strived tirelessly to present the true
interpretation of Islam – the message of peace; uniting communities
with the motto of “Love for All Hatred for None”. The community
advocates peace, tolerance, love and understanding among followers of
& Home-Start Weywater
Home-Start is one of the
leading family support charities in the UK.
help families with young children deal with the challenges they face.
It supports parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and
build better lives for their children.
There are 269 local,
independent Home-Starts. Home-Start Butser covers a large area of East
Hampshire, from Greatham in the North to Rowlands Castle in the South.
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covers Alton, Bordon, Liphook and their surrounding villages. Find out
The Southern Domestic
Abuse Service provides services to people who have experienced or who
are experiencing emotional, physical or sexual abuse in their
The charity runs refuges
for women and children escaping domestic abuse and offers outreach
services to women, children, young people and men who need advice,
support and information.
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Media Contact: Will
Parsons, EHDC Communications Officer, 01730 234030