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Yorkshire’s Christmas truce

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UNITED: The volunteers from AMYA and the British Red Cross helped to raise hundreds of pounds at an event arranged to remember the Christmas Day Truce

UNITED: The volunteers from AMYA and the British Red Cross helped to raise hundreds of pounds at an event arranged to remember the Christmas Day Truce

Different cultures unite in remembrance of the Great War

A century ago, the First World War began, and what followed was more than four years of horrific conflict before a resolution finally came about in 1918.

Despite the brutality and amidst the battles, one act of humanity stood out above the rest in that first year of war, as the Christmas Day Truce of 1914 was honoured by soldiers on both sides of the battlefield.

German and allied troops emerged from the trenches to speak with the men they had been at war with for the past year, exchanging gifts in a day where no conflict was seen.

Last week, on Friday 12th December, this moment in history was remembered at a special event in York’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with a community event taking place to honour that occasion.

Carols, hymns and anthems from the era were sung by those in attendance whilst footage from the years of war, with narration and letters were also on show.

During the event, there were collections for the British Red Cross with volunteers on hand to collect the donations, and joining the volunteers this year were members of Yorkshire’s ‘Muslims for Humanity’.

VOLUNTEERS: Numerous people came out in support of the event last week

VOLUNTEERS: Numerous people came out in support of the event last week

An initiative run by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), the group helped raise hundreds of pounds throughout the day of remembrance.

Kamal Aftab, the Regional AMYA Youth Leader, said the Christmas Truce of 1914 was an ‘important’ occasion.

He said: “Events such as these are important so that we can all effectively create a more tolerant, respectful and peaceful society to live in and foster greater relationships in promoting harmony, understanding religious and cultural values and creating community cohesion.

“Touching film footage, narration, and letters from the front revealed that even in a nation’s darkest hour, patriotism, tenderness and hope shines through.

“Last week was another opportunity for communities to come together, reflect on the past and learn vital lessons for the future.”

Max Newton, senior community fundraiser from the BRC, praised the efforts of the AMYA volunteers and thanked all the members for their time.

He added: “It was fantastic to work with the AMYA again. They’re brilliant and enabled us to raise a good amount of money for the work of Red Cross, as well as representing at this tremendous event to commemorate the Christmas Truce.”

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A tall challenge

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A team of determined Muslims pulled on their walking boots and headed to the mountains last weekend as they aimed to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

30 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) scaled the UK’s three highest peaks in an attempt to raise £7,500 for the British Red Cross.

The members pushed their limits to the max as they hiked up Scaffell Pike, in England, Ben Nevis, in Scotland, and Mount Snowden, in Wales, in under 33 hours.

CLIMB: Local youth leader for AMYA Huddersfield, Kamal Aftab, enjoys a cup of tea at the summit of England’s highest mountain, Scaffell Pike

CLIMB: Local youth leader for AMYA Huddersfield, Kamal Aftab, enjoys a cup of tea at the summit of England’s highest mountain, Scaffell Pike

The group said they were hoping to spread the message of peace by completing the walk whilst also dismissing false stereotypes that have been ‘given to Muslims across the UK’.

Dr Aziz Hafiz, Chairman and leader of the Three Peak Challenge said the group had been training for a long time before last weekend and was proud to be helping out such a worthy cause.

“We do a lot of work with the British Red Cross and are honoured to be raising money for such a fantastic charity,” he said.

“At the peak of each mountain we all offered a prayer of peace to pray for Great Britain and the amazing British Nation.

“Some people unfortunately assume that there is a conflict between being Muslim and British. For us, as well as the other 7,500 young British Muslims who make up AMYA, it is our faith that drives us to love this great country and its people so much.”

PRAYER: The group of 30 climbers were all members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association and gave a prayer for Britain at the top of each peak

PRAYER: The group of 30 climbers were all members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association and gave a prayer for Britain at the top of each peak

This is the third year running that the AMYA team has raised money for charity through similar initiatives.

The last two hikes saw trekkers raise more than £40,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and The British Heart Foundation by scaling The Mont Blanc Range in the French Alps, whilst runs and cycle events have also been held in recent months.

 

If you would like to sponsor the hikers for their latest accomplishment
please visit their Just Giving Page at www.justgiving.com/teamsMKA3peaks2014

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