I had the great pleasure of attending and speaking at last night’s fundraiser for the new mosque in north-west Edinburgh.
An incredible figure of over £100,000 in pledges was reached on the night.
The total needed is £600,000 and around two-thirds of that has now been reached.
The event was naturally overshadowed by what is currently happening in Gaza, and news of the ground assault was filtering through.
Nonetheless everyone made the best of it they could, as the event had been long scheduled. Ajmal Masroor all the way from London was hosting the proceedings and was aided in emptying people’s pockets by Habib Malik of Islamic Relief.
In the auction section, I saw one lucky kid whose parents had successfully bid for a Nintendo Wii AND a Playstation 3. Nice.
It all went to a good cause. I believe this mosque will not just be a prayer hall. Maulana Sohail Ashfaque who is spearheading the initiative has a solid vision of an educational institute that will be engaging vibrantly with the wider community. He’s not afraid of new methods that are needed, as can be seen from the excellent work he’s done previously at Lanarkshire Mosque.
This is exactly how we need our mosques to be, and I believe that’s why people gave generously.
Posted by Osama Saeed