Ahmadiyya Muslims celebrate Queen’s jubilee at Tower with fleet of buses
PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 May 2012 | UPDATED: 18:45 08 May 2012
Muslims from all over Britain are converging on the Tower of London on Sunday (May 13) for a 10km charity walk to raise £500,000 for the Queen’s charities.
The event also sees the launch of a fleet of 100 special London buses with the Diamond Jubilee logo and the Ahmadiyya Muslim motto ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’.
UK Ahmadiyya’s national president Rafiq Hayat said: “We share in the national pride at the Queen’s Jubilee and feel duty bound to serve Queen and country and regard this as an important act of faith.
“This charity walk is testament to our faith and sense of duty to Queen and country.”
Attending the annual charity walk this year are London Mayor Boris Johnson, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, MPs and senior Met Police and Armed Forces figures.
Boris Johnson said: “It’s fitting that different communities making up the fabric of British life play a part in honouring our monarch on this special occasion.
“The Ahmadis who built the first London mosque have been an important part of our history and it’s fitting they are part of the Diamond Jubilee celebration.”
The charity walk and bus campaign kick off a series of Jubilee celebrations including a letter to the Queen from the worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, inter-faith peace symposiums and jubilee dinners, with mosques lit up and decorated with the Union flag and prayers for the Queen.
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