Lancashire Ramadan donations total £7m

Lancashire Ramadan donations total £7m

Lancashire Ramadan donations total £7m

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LANCASHIRE’S Muslim community has raised an estimated £7m for charity during Ramadan.

More than 100 senior leaders will gather at an event in Blackburn tonight to celebrate the fundraising effort.

The money will be used to support humanitarian aid in Syria, Iraq and Gaza, alongside £600 million which has been pledged by the Government’s Department for International Development.

Tonight’s event, in the Shahi Qilah Banqueting Centre, Shear Bank Road, has been organised by Lancashire Council of Mosques and Faith Associates, a non-theological organisation which works with ethnic minority faith-based communities across the UK.

Guests will include senior North West Imams, scholars and community leaders as well as the Charity Commission.

Abdul Hamid Qureshi, chair of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, said: “Our Islamic belief compels us to support the needy irrespective of their creed or faith.This event is to say thank you to the Mosque leaders for supporting the communities’ charitable efforts and encouraging them to give in a safe way.”

The money raised is part of a larger estimated £100m donated by British Muslims in Ramadan.

Shaukat Warraich, from Faith Associates, said: “Blackburn is the first in a series of special events celebrating local community fundraising efforts and is also a platform to discuss what more can be done to help the humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in conflict zones.”

David Walker, head of outreach at the Charity Commission, said: “We have been so impressed with Lancashire’s Muslim communities’ in their charitable giving.”

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5:50pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Mr Blunt says...

Fantastic fundraising!! Well done!! Is any of it going to be donated to local charities ie for the homeless, local hospice etc?
Fantastic fundraising!! Well done!! Is any of it going to be donated to local charities ie for the homeless, local hospice etc? Mr Blunt
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7:03pm Thu 14 Aug 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Lets hope some it goes to helping the yazidis and christians in iraq.
Lets hope some it goes to helping the yazidis and christians in iraq. ghost of sceptic
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8:19pm Thu 14 Aug 14

EDL make me laugh says...

Well done good to hear some positive news
Well done good to hear some positive news EDL make me laugh
  • Score: 9

8:43pm Thu 14 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

This is good news!!!
This is good news!!! glossopkid
  • Score: 10

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