During Remembrance weekend, young Muslims belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will be taking to some of the big mosques around the country to collect for the Poppy Appeal. This will include the biggest mosque in Western Europe, Baitul Futuh Mosque in South West London. For the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), this will be the culmination of their work with the Royal British Legion over the past month. They will be looking to raise money at the weekly Friday sermon which draws numerous worshippers. Throughout the weekend there will also be hundreds of volunteers from the AMYA in mosques and public places across the UK taking part in this appeal.

photo_2014-11-07_17-45-52Members of the AMYA have been partnering with the Royal British Legion for the 5th year running. To acknowledge this contribution, the Royal British Legion marked the 1st of November 2014 as “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Poppy Appeal Day”.

Since the beginning of October, more than a hundred young Muslims belonging to the AMYA have been collecting in high streets, rail and tube stations, stadiums and airports around the UK, raising thousands of pounds. Earlier in the year, they were also actively involved in the Tower of London Poppy installation which continues to draw large crowds.

Belonging to the largest Islamic Caliphate in the world, the youngsters consider that loyalty to one’s country is an integral part of Islamic faith. Commenting on the reasons to conclude their campaign in mosques, Abdul Quddus Arif, a young Imam said:

“Many of us can be proud of our ancestors from the Asian subcontinent and the Middle East who fought valiantly in the First World War. This is why we are collecting in the biggest Mosque in Western Europe, where hundreds of people from across British society including faith and public leaders will be gathering on Saturday to listen to our Caliph and the worldwide leader, on the topic of peace and justice”

The Caliph, His Holiness, Mirza Masroor Ahmad:

“Muslims are obliged to be loyal to the country in which they live. Honouring those who fought to defend and safeguard one’s country is an important principle of Islam and in fact is an important principle of peace – especially when it is carried out with a sincere heart and for the sake of winning God’s pleasure.”

150 million Ahmadi Muslims in 206 countries follow a single leader, the Caliph, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who resides in London. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Caliphate was established in 1908, following the demise of the founder of the community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

Deborah Armantrading at The Royal British Legion, said: “AMYA have been crucial in raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for several years participating in mass collections all over the UK. The Legion are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment from all of the volunteers. We enjoy working with AMYA as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.”

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Contact: Jamal Akbar Tel: 07961 444 005
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Additional messages of support for the appeal:

– Prime Minister, David Cameron, said: “It’s great to see Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) joining thousands of people across the country to help our brave servicemen and women, veterans and their loved ones. I hope this year’s appeal will continue the proud tradition of our whole nation coming together to support our troops.”

– Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “I want to wish all of you the very best of luck and thank you for the incredible work that you do to support your local communities every week of the year. In recognition of your Association’s fundraising efforts, the British Legion has named 1st November as ‘The Ahmadiyya Muslim Poppy Appeal Day’. Ahead of this special event, I know that some of you have already been out with your collecting tins at Wembley stadium and helped to plant the field of ceramic poppies now surrounding the Tower of London.

Your commitment to help others is inspiring, whether through visiting the elderly, feeding the homeless, organising blood drives or supporting interfaith work of all kinds. You are an example to us all.”