A British Muslim community has set out plans to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with street parties, lighting up of mosques throughout the UK, feeding the homeless and a launch of 200 special Diamond Jubilee buses across London.
Ahmadiyya Muslims will play the national anthem in street parties across 30 towns and cities from London to Glasgow. In Birmingham. for example, the celebrations will feature the Royal Navy band playing the national anthem at the mosque and congratulatory messages being read out in 60 languages by local community representatives.
There will also be special prayers for The Queen at 100 mosques and prayer halls belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – one of the oldest Islamic groups in Britain.
The community has also launched a special edition of the book ‘A Gift for the Queen’ written by their founder, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
The National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, Mr Rafiq Hayat said, “In the history of the British monarch there have only been two diamond Jubilees, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have been involved with both.
“As Muslims, we are duty bound to serve Queen and country and we regard this as an important part of our religion as we were taught by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that loyalty to one’s country is a part of faith.”
In addition, Ahmadi Muslims will:
- Take part in the Big Lunch on 3rd June
- Light up all mosques across the UK
- Say special prayers for the Queen on 1st June
- Feed the Homeless – 10,000 will benefit from this endeavour
- Hold charity walks to raise GBP400,000 for the Queen’s charities
- Fundraise through the community’s women’s network
- Organise blood donation sessions
- Hold interfaith symposia throughout the UK
A charity walk by thousands of community members around the Tower of London has already raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Queen’s Jubilee charities, according to Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK.
London buses with the special Diamond Jubilee poster also feature the peace campaign website for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community http://www.MuslimsForPeace.org.uk