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Live FM audio feed from Nasir Mosque inauguration event
During the last 18 months Sunlight Development Trust have been building stronger links with people from the the Nasir Mosque, the neighbouring building at the bottom of Richmond road. ‘Nasir’ means ‘one who helps'. The building has been used by the Muslim community as a prayer hall since 1975, but due to growing demand has undergone a complete rebuild. In August 2012 construction began to demolish and rebuild the Mosque. Local people inquisitively watched the transformation rapidly take shape. The innovative design utilises the full potential of the site. The tired run down building is now a beautiful multipurpose landmark improving the appearance of the area. It was finished on time for the 1st March inauguration, which was a high profile event gaining coverage by national and local media and a great deal of interest from local residents. During the rebuild the local Muslim community made the Sunlight Centre their temporary mosque, where they came every day meet, worship and chat with people at Sunlight.
On the evening of the opening ceremony Radio Sunlight volunteers teamed up with volunteers from MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya) who filmed the impressive inauguration activities, feeding live audio coverage of the ceremony to Medway listeners on 106.6FM. It was a fun exercise for both volunteer teams and a particularly useful technical task for Sunlight.
Worshipers and guests were bussed to the event; to tour the newly rebuilt mosque, view displays, and after listening to the inauguration speeches, eat a delicious meal and socialise. Speakers included Sheikh Naseer Ahmad, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Councillor Josie Iles, Mayor of Medway, Mr Rehman Chishti MP and Brigadier D W Southall OBE. About 650 people attended. Men and women from the Mosque traditionally worship separately, so the Sunlight Centre was booked primarily for the women of the congregation. The men filled the Mosque to capacity. Sanctuary Housing Association own the plot of land between the Sunlight Centre and the Mosque. They kindly allowed the Muslim Community to cover ground with 35 tons of shingle and erect an elegantly decorated 42 metre (138ft) long marquee, with a reception area, a display area, catering/dining spaces and a stage for the speakers.
The front of the new Mosque is adorned with gold letters saying 'Love for all Hatred for None', which is the motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. This message was a memorable focus in many of the speeches, especially the key speech from the Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. His speech highlighted examples of Ahmadiyya projects locally and worldwide to help communities overcome hardship and gain human rights. If you want to hear a podcast of this 24 minute keynote address by the Supreme Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Marsoor Ahmad, visit the Radio Sunlight podcast page:
Also more details of the event can be found here:
Sunlight Development Trust and many of the guests attending on the day look forward to continued opportunities to link up with members of the Mosque in the interest of creating positive outcomes for the well-being of the local community.
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