I was asked for help by the Aldershot Muslim community group, who had been praying regularly on Friday at centre in St Georges Road, after the facility was no longer available after decades of use. I then spoke to the leader of Rushmoor Borough Council Cllr David Clifford and he immediately agreed to allow the Muslim congregation to use the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Aldershot with full access including parking for the Muslim congregation until new facilities can be found.
I am so grateful for the help of David and Bishop Daniel Grant for their tremendous support and Bishop Daniel Grant commented “As the Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Aldershot, I am so pleased to be able to share our chapel with on Friday afternoons with the local Muslim congregation who need a temporary place to worship and pray. This has been such a positive experience for all and a true example of inter-faith”.
Liaqat Hussain organiser of the Aldershot Muslim congregation, commented; “We are so grateful to Bishop Daniel and Cllr David Clifford for bending over backwards to accommodate us and make us most welcome. This is great way to demonstrate the multi-faith groups working together in harmony”. Together we are Stronger!
I also ‘virtually’ attended the Surrey Muslim Association AGM marking their 5th Anniversary. It was heartening to learn how all faiths group worked during Covids-19 supporting the most vulnerable, dealing and supporting with mental health issues. The Surrey Muslim Association is a great platform for inter-faith work and during these challenging times we need all faiths working together for the betterment of the community and vitally learning and supporting one another.