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Six injured as car strikes crowd of Muslims following Eid prayers

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Initially social media went alight with many assuming it was yet another incident targeting Muslims, however Police confirmed the incident was not terror-related

Six people, including three children, were injured Sunday 25th June after a car ran into a large crowd gathered in celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr in Newcastle.

A 42-year-old woman, also a Muslim, had attended the gathering with her family when she lost control of her the car she was driving and struck the crowd outside the Westgate Sports Centre.

Initially social media went alight with many assuming it was yet another attack targeting Muslims, however Police confirmed the incident was not terror-related.

The collision happed around 9.16 am outside the sports centre as people were leaving after offering Eid prayers marking the end of Ramadan. The nearby Newcastle Central Mosque had organised the Sunday morning family event called "Eid in the Open."

"Immediately after the Eid prayers when the people were starting to leave the venue, a car collided with pedestrians. The injured were immediately attended to by the emergency medical services and the police," said a statement.

Videos on social media, apparently taken minutes after the crash, showed a field where dozens of people in Muslim dress, including children, screamed and rushed forward to see what happened.

The ambulance service said three children and three adults were being treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. Two of the children were in paediatric intensive care and one adult was in the trauma unit, officials said.

Extra officers were put on patrol to reassure people in the area. The incident came at the time when Britain is on high alert for terror-related incidents involving vehicles after a string of recent attacks.

 


 

EDITOR’S COMMENT

 

“I myself received dozens of messages and was tagged into numerous posts on Sunday morning that this incident in Newcastle was yet another racist attack on Muslims.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is to verify information available across social media.

“Individuals, many from within the Asian community, put out comments without having all the facts, albeit with good intentions. This often results with inciting horror, fear and an uneducated bias based upon assumptions.

“I plead to our readers that upon coming across comments and information across social media platforms, to please check it against other sources. Verify the information and think twice before hitting those ‘share’ and ‘like’ buttons, which is so easy to do.”

 


 

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Eid gift distribution: Taking toys to the ward

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GIVING PROJECT: The generous team visited the BRI last week to deliver gifts, Pictured: front, Maryam Khan; Left-Right; Wajid Khan; Hayley Collis; Alison Kay; Nazim Ali; Safah Khan; and Monib Khan

GIVING PROJECT: The generous team visited the BRI last week to deliver gifts, Pictured: front, Maryam Khan; Left-Right; Wajid Khan; Hayley Collis; Alison Kay; Nazim Ali; Safah Khan; and Monib Khan

A Bradford man, who was treated in hospital as a child for Tuberculosis, has completed his latest gift distribution at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Nazim Ali was accompanied by staff and children from W-Childcare to deliver gifts over Eid to the children’s ward for the fourth year running.

A dedicated charity supporter, the local humanitarian has raised tens-of-thousands of pounds for a plethora of causes over the years, coinciding with regular ‘drop-offs’ of presents for BRI’s youngest patients.

MISSION COMPLETE: Nazim is pictured with Monib Khan and Safah Khan with their ‘Bradford Hospitals Certificates of Appreciation’

MISSION COMPLETE: Nazim is pictured with Monib Khan and Safah Khan with their ‘Bradford Hospitals Certificates of Appreciation’

With plans to continue carrying out the project for the foreseeable future, Nazim explained what motivated him to continue with the selfless work.

“As a child I was treated in hospital and I know all too well how, at times, you feel lonely and miss being at home with your family and playing with your friends,” he said.

“I am thankful that, with the amazing care of the BRI Childrens Ward, I made a full recovery and this annual Eid Gifts Initiative is a means for me to give something back and appreciate what I have that much more.

“This is the very reason every Eid I organise the Eid gifts initiative and W-Childcare will endeavour to repeat this initiative for many years to come.”

Over 40 gifts were distributed by the team in total, ranging from large teddy bears, children's DVDs, play sets, sports equipment (cricket sets), and baby toys.

Wajid Khan, director at W-Childcare, was also in attendance during the latest visit.

He said: “Our children were ever- so-keen from previous visits and jumped at the chance to present the Eid Gifts to their peers.

“To this end, four-year-old Maryam Khan accompanied us in purchasing and selecting the toys. I am ever so proud of their kind and thoughtful natures which is part of the process of their personal and social development , so that they become upstanding citizens in the future.”

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“I am proud of the contribution British Muslims make to this country”

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SPECIAL MESSAGE: Prime Minister Theresa May wished Muslims across the UK a happy Eid al-Adha

SPECIAL MESSAGE: Prime Minister Theresa May wished Muslims across the UK a happy Eid al-Adha

Theresa May wishes everyone a happy Eid al-Adha

Prime Minister Theresa May has wished Muslims across the country a happy Eid al-Adha on 12th September.

She said: “To all Muslims in Britain and around the world I wish you a blessed Eid al-Adha. I know this festival means a great deal to communities, a time when families and friends are brought together to pray and feast, and Muslims across different continents are brought together in faith.”

Mrs May continued: “And as you share in that spirit of togetherness, I think proudly of the many ways people in this country connect with each other and enrich our nation’s life.

“I see this in politics where British Muslims are making a real difference, in enterprise and the running of multi-million pound businesses, and in the courage and dedication of those who safeguard our streets and serve in our armed forces.

“I see this in the charity and compassion of our Muslim communities, whose members give so generously to those less fortunate.

“And I also see this in the way people are brought together with those around the world through the strong bonds of shared history, family relationships, and concern for those suffering and in pain. I think particularly of the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq.

“Our more than £2 billion contribution, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis, is helping people caught up in that appalling conflict and I am pleased that we will be continuing to provide support to those in need.

“As Prime Minister, I want to see our communities go from strength to strength. Bringing people together and ensuring that everyone is able to make the most of the opportunities Britain has to offer, no matter what their background, and no matter where they are from, is central to my government’s mission. As I said when I stood on the steps of Downing Street, I want to make this a country that works for everyone.

“I am proud of the contribution British Muslims make to this country, and proud that Britain is home to people from vibrant and diverse backgrounds.

“So to all Muslims, in this country and around the world, I want to say Eid Mubarak. I wish you a happy and peaceful Eid.

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Presents for the poorly: Charitable childcare spread Eid cheer

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GIFT GIVING: The team delivered Eid gifts to children at the BRI last week, pictured: (back row, l-r) Nurses Emma Walker and Joanna Jacomb; W-Childcare Director, Nazim Ali; W-Childcare Manager, Michaela Yildiz (front row, l-r) Amina Qureshi, Zainab Qureshi

GIFT GIVING: The team delivered Eid gifts to children at the BRI last week, pictured: (back row, l-r) Nurses Emma Walker and Joanna Jacomb; W-Childcare Director, Nazim Ali; W-Childcare Manager, Michaela Yildiz (front row, l-r) Amina Qureshi, Zainab Qureshi

A team of generous gift givers from Bradford have distributed some extra special Eid presents this month as they aimed to ensure all children could join in with the Islamic festivities.

For the third consecutive year, the Girlington-based W-Childcare team handed out almost 30 gifts to poorly children at Bradford Royal Infirmary, just in time for the Islamic holiday of Eid ul-Fitr.

From soft toys to children's DVDs, play sets and sports equipment, an abundance of goods was taken down to Ward 17 last week by the volunteers where they were warmly received by staff.

With the service users at W-Childcare being predominantly Muslim, the club took the decision to spread their holiday celebrations by including children of all faiths and none.

W-Childcare Director, Nazim Ali, who has helped head the project for the past three years, said it was always a proud moment when he handed over the toys.

“With Eid being a special occasion in which families spend quality time together and children receive gifts; the children at W-Childcare have recognised that this is not the case for some children including those who are in hospital,” he said.

“The children were very keen to make their contribution and show they are thinking of their peers who are poorly with a touching message of ‘they are not alone’.

Nazim, who spent time in hospital as a child suffering with tuberculosis, adds that he knows how it feels to be isolated and is always determined to ensure children ‘know they are thought about’.

“This was a gesture of kindness and to show that members of the wider community do care and think about them,” he added.

“The Eid gifts were for all children in the ward irrespective of faith.”

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A blinding result! Eid fudge cake delivery raises over £22,000 for Pakistani school

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SWEET SUCCESS: Amjad Akram, Abdul Satar and Abdul Ghafoor of Pakistan Catering present their cheque to Professor Muhammad Ilyas Ayoub

SWEET SUCCESS: Amjad Akram, Abdul Satar and Abdul Ghafoor of Pakistan Catering present their cheque to Professor Muhammad Ilyas Ayoub

After cooking up an extra sweet plan to raise money for charity during Ramadan, two men from Bradford have raised over £22,000 by selling chocolate fudge cakes.

The pair spent over £300 of their own money in petrol delivering the cakes as they selflessly raised funds for the AKAB School for the Blind, in Khaliqabad, Pakistan.

Amjad Akram, who owns Let’z Talk on Great Horton Road, and Abdul Satar have been busy delivering the chocolatey treats throughout the Islamic holy month.

Amjad explained: “We chose the school this year because it is only a small charity which can get overlooked by many.

“There is no administration fee so all the money goes directly to the school and from top to bottom, nobody is getting paid.

“Ultimately it’s a charity that’s paying no wages, making no deductions and therefore generating no profit. They’re a charity that doesn’t take money out.”

AKAB School for the Blind is a specialist boarding school for the visually impaired, catering for 150 male and female students ranging from pre-school through to high school age.

In addition to education, the school provides free accommodation, food and transportation for children, the majority of whom originate from poverty stricken families.

Amjad continued: “100 per cent of all the profits we make will go to the school. We have done the big charities before and managed to raise £9,000 for Kashmiri Orphan Relief a year ago.”

Abdul added: “This is a charity that doesn’t have a face. Nobody is promoting them and that’s ultimately why we chose them.”

 AMAZING OUTCOME: The sales of chocolate fudge cakes raised thousands of pounds for charity which will make an ‘unbelievable difference’ to blind students in Pakistan

AMAZING OUTCOME: The sales of chocolate fudge cakes raised thousands of pounds for charity which will make an ‘unbelievable difference’ to blind students in Pakistan

Abdul said they set a target of £15,000 but there was such a demand for the cakes that this total soon snowballed.

“People did their research into the charity and realised it was genuine and we had a great response,” he added.

The school will now invest the funds in playground equipment and Braille technology.

“We got an overwhelming response from the Bradford people who were very generous,” Amjad said. “They were not only buying cakes but they were donating money towards the cause. Some people would only buy one cake but pay for two.

“Thanks to everyone who purchased a cake and our sponsors - Pakistani Catering – who put an extra five pounds towards the total for every cake sold.”

Amjad and Abdul will be going to the Pakistan school in August so they can see for themselves how the money has made a difference.

Pakistan Catering director, Abdul Ghafoor, praised the men’s efforts: “These two gentleman have done a fantastic job. I’m so grateful for how they have raised awareness for the school.”

Prof. Muhammad Ilyas Ayoub, a professor from the school - who is blind himself - flew all the way from Pakistan to receive the cheque this past week.

He said: “This money will really help with the improvement of school facilities and of course it came as a huge surprise to me as I was expecting around the £15,000 mark.

“It is up to the people who donated to us to decide what we shall do with this money, but we may buy a bus or improve the playground. I have no words to express my gratitude to the people who donated generously.”

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Prime Minister’s Eid message 2016

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As the presents are wrapped, the food is prepared and the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end.

I want to send my very best wishes to Muslims at home and around the world celebrating Eid.

I look at the things people are doing in Britain for the occasion - putting on special brunches for the lonely, giving presents out at children’s hospitals, holding street parties that will bring communities together and I see the very best of British values – of unity, of tolerance, of thinking of others before ourselves.

We need those values more than ever before. Because we live in troubling times.

This last month alone, we’ve seen hatred take hold; from an airport in Istanbul to a nightclub in Orlando to a café in Dhaka and this week’s horrendous attack in Baghdad.

And we’ve seen it closer to home, too. Too many victims have suffered abuse and intolerance on our streets and one woman – an inspirational MP, Jo Cox – lost her life as she served her constituents.

As we come together this Eid – friends, families, neighbours, colleagues – I want us to restate our commitment to the values we share, to all the things that make Britain the most successful multi-ethnic, multi-faith democracy on earth.

So once again, let me wish you all the best – Eid Mubarak.

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Combining elegance and modesty this Eid

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SONY DSCAbayas and jubbas from the heart of Bradford

As Ramadan draws to a close this month and Eid celebrations take over, one fashion house in Bradford is ensuring 2016 is the most fashionable year yet.

Amira Abayas, located just off White Abbey Road, offers something for every taste and budget with abayas and jubbas imported from around the world.

Offering elegant modest clothing, in hundreds of designs, prices range from just £19.99 up to £99.99, with style sewn into every purchase.

Zubair Khan, who opened the store in January this year, says he wants to make sure the store’s first Eid is a memorable one for its customers.

“We want sisters to be able to wear something modest this Eid but at the same time classy,” he said. “They don’t have to settle for something old fashioned anymore.

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SONY DSC“Instead, our collection of Abayas brings elegance to the market whilst upholding traditional Islamic values.”

The Amira Abayas Exclusive Line boasts some of the most eye-catching womenswear in the city. From heavy duty chiffon designs to delicate lace outfits, all tastes have been accounted for in the range.

This past week, new Turkish imports, under the official Amira label, have also arrived, just in time for a pre-Eid purchase. Handmade out of the highest quality materials, the designs are sure to fly off the shelves, with limited numbers available.

“To celebrate Ramadan we have cut prices on almost everything in store,” Zubair said.

“You can pick up a mix of 10 scarves for a tenner and three £40 abayas for £100.

SONY DSC“We have stylish jubbas for men and a range of childrenswear for boys, girls and even toddlers to make sure everybody can get into the holiday spirit this Ramadan.”

Eid gifts and cards can also be picked up from Amira, with their own perfume line providing blissful scents to all who wear them.

“The response throughout the holy month has been great so far and we are expecting an end of Ramadan rush so I would urge any customers to head down to the store early to avoid disappointment,” Zubair added.

Call in to Amira this Ramadan to pick up an Eid outfit worthy of any big occasion.

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Life in the ‘fast’ lane: Ramadan for a day

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NIL BY MOUTH: Terry Chapman held her own one day fast to experience a mini Ramadan of her own

NIL BY MOUTH: Terry Chapman held her own one day fast to experience a mini Ramadan of her own

As Ramadan draws to a close and Muslims around the world prepare to take part in their Eid celebrations, one Leeds woman has taken the holiday spirit to heart and decided to fast for a day.

Terry Chapman has been an office manager at Auto Prestige for seven years, working for a Muslim manager and alongside staff of the same faith.

After seeing her colleagues fast every year during the Islamic holy month, she decided to ‘give it a go’ in 2016 and so organised a day where she wouldn’t let a morsel of food of a drop of drink past her lips.

For 23 hours, Terry followed the Islamic practice, and didn’t even read her daily novel in order to ‘keep a clear mind’.

Describing the experience as ‘rewarding’ and one she would be willing to do again, Terry said: “I enjoyed fasting and that’s the truth.

“I learnt that it’s not just about not eating, it’s about cleansing your soul and I did feel better for it after.

“Once it was finished though, I was at home at night and began wondering– how do kids do this in third world countries? The heat and poverty they have to face is an everyday struggle.

“Then I realised, it’s not only a problem overseas, it is also happening here on our doorstep. Many parents don’t have money to feed their children and they have no choice but to go hungry.

“They can’t just say, ‘I’ll have something to eat’ because there might not be anything in the cupboard. The same goes for the elderly and even my generation.”

As well as having no access to food or water, Terry didn’t brush her teeth during the fast –which she later discovered she was allowed to do.

“That was the worst bit for me,” she laughed. “It wasn’t until after my fast that I was told I could have actually brushed them.”

Arshad Mahmood, Auto Prestige director, fasts every year during Ramadan.

He was on hand throughout the day to encourage Terry, alongside his colleagues, and was delighted to hear positive feedback.

He said: “I am extremely proud of her because it was her idea and something she came up with completely on her own.

“She wanted to experience what Muslims go through and it can be difficult to keep the right kind of mindset, especially on the first day of fasting. For us, fasting is just as much about the spiritual mindset as well as what our bodies go through.

“I was very impressed with how she handled it and to hear that she was thinking of others during her time of fast.”

Arshad added: “As a business, we are proud to support local and overseas charities, not only during Ramadan, but throughout the year.”

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Bradford Eid Festival returns! Celebrations set to take over the weekend

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CELEBRATION TIME: Over 6,000 people turned out to the Bradford Eid Festival last year

CELEBRATION TIME: Over 6,000 people turned out to the Bradford Eid Festival last year

Bradford Moor Park is preparing for a holiday takeover next weekend as the annual Eid Festival returns for a third year.

The free event, organised by volunteers, raises funds every year for a charity of choice through the many stalls and activities on offer on the day.

Over 6,000 people, young and old, turned out for the two-day weekend celebrations in 2015 and more are expected to attend this year.

Mohammed Atique is one of the head organisers of the event and volunteers his own time to ensure others can enjoy a ‘celebratory vibe’ for more than just one day.

FAMILY EVENT: The festival offers something for all ages and backgrounds

FAMILY EVENT: The festival offers something for all ages and backgrounds

After seeing the party atmosphere, generated by the holy Islamic day in Pakistan, consume a whole week, he said he wanted to bring that feel to Bradford.

“In Pakistan, you can go out anywhere over Eid and there is this festival like atmosphere that continues for around a week,” he said.

“Here in the UK, we have our celebrations but it tends to just stop on Eid day.

“The festival aims to give families a chance to enjoy themselves together in the weekend over two days and also ensures our festivities can be shared by people of all faiths.”

This year, the Bradford Eid Festival will be raising money for Orphans in Need and promises more activities and stalls than ever before.

“We want to bring communities together through this event and that is why all the volunteers are willing to give up their own time, during Ramadan, to help organise it,” Atique added.

“There is something for everyone on the day and all the money raised goes to a great cause.”

Running from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, the Bradford Eid Festival promises more surprises than ever before. For more information, or to book a stall, call 07578 888779.

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Eid UTD: “Uniting communities on a common pitch” for holy festival at Old Trafford

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FANTASTIC DAY OUT: Last year’s Eid Festival was a resounding success

FANTASTIC DAY OUT: Last year’s Eid Festival was a resounding success

Organisers are promising the biggest Eid Festival ever to take place in Manchester next month – in partnership with the world’s biggest independent Muslim aid agency, Islamic Relief, and at the home of one of the world’s biggest football teams – Manchester United.

The annual festival is taking place outside the world-renowned Old Trafford Football Stadium on the 9th and 10th of July.

Ateeq Salik, Islamic Relief’s Regional Manager in the North West said: “The idea is to make the celebration of Eid a universal one, by uniting communities on a common pitch – pardon the pun.”

He continued: “Sport and, of course football, unites people of all faiths and ethnicities. What better place to gather in celebration than arguably the biggest club in the world, Manchester United.

“We want to create an environment that is welcoming of all faiths and ethnicities so that people can come and experience the wonders of Eid, while raising vital funds for charity. And of course supporters of all football clubs are equally welcome!”

FUN TIMES: There will plenty of activities and rides to keep children happy throughout the day

FUN TIMES: There will plenty of activities and rides to keep children happy throughout the day

Money raised from the festival will go towards Islamic Relief projects for orphans across the world, and will also support various local causes.  

The event will give selected ticket holders opportunities to tour the Manchester United Museum and Stadium, at discounted prices.

There will also be over 20 fun fair rides including bumper cars, a fun house and other thrilling rides.

After working up an appetite, high-quality Asian food from Sanam, Subway Corner and a fresh BBQ grill will appease hungry revelers.

Zaynabs will be making an appearance with an organic market, providing the best raw, natural and organic products, as well as 40 stalls selling hot food and desserts.

The event takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July in Car Park W3, Old Trafford Stadium, Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 ORA. There will be free parking on site. Entry for Adults is £2 and children is £1

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Ensuring everyone has a ‘Happy Eid’

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GIFTS: NADA’s chairman Amjad Aslam, General Secretary, Nazim Ali, and executive committee member, Mohammed Aslam, handed the presents over to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s senior play specialist, Alison Kay

GIFTS: NADA’s chairman Amjad Aslam, General Secretary, Nazim Ali, and executive committee member, Mohammed Aslam, handed the presents over to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s senior play specialist, Alison Kay

Toy distribution at Bradford Royal Infirmary

As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid last week, one group of volunteers from Bradford headed down to their local hospital to ensure every child had a holiday to remember.

Three members of the Naqshbandia Active Development Association (NADA), which runs the city’s Jamia Masjid Naqshbandia Aslamia, visited the children’s ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary on Wednesday 23rd September.

HANDOVER: It is the third year in a row that NADA has completed their Eid toy distribution

HANDOVER: It is the third year in a row that NADA has completed their Eid toy distribution

Armed with gifts for children of all ages, the group handed over their Eid presents to senior play specialist at the BRI, Alison Kay, as they spread the holiday spirit to the hospital’s wards.

It is the third year running that NADA has carried out their distribution to coincide with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Amjad Aslam, Chairman of NADA, was joined by general secretary, Nazim Ali, and executive committee member, Mohammed Aslam, for the project and said it was a ‘rewarding’ initiative that continues to grow every year.

“For us, Eid is a time of sharing what you have with humanity,” he said. “Speaking personally, my brothers and sisters have spent a lot of time in hospital growing up with bone marrow transplants so I know what it can be like spending time on a ward all day.

“To be able to put a smile on a child’s face by giving them a gift on Eid means the world to me. It is the message of every religion to help others and it is an honour to be able to do this every year.”

Mr Aslam added that donations had already been made to the group to help fund the purchase of more presents for next year’s Eid celebrations.

Nazim, who also spent time in hospital as a child for treatment of tuberculosis, added: “This initiative was a sincere and humble gesture on our part to make our little difference.

“We are Muslims and our faith makes it incumbent upon us to engage in the wider society so that we can all live side by side in a virtuous and harmonious society.”

Gifts are distributed to children of all faiths on the ward during Eid with the message of ‘Eid Mubarak’ from NADA.

Alison Kay added: “For children who have to spend time in hospital during any holiday, whether that is Eid, Christmas or Diwali, it can be hard for them.

“We tell the children that these gifts have been donated because of Eid and you can see the huge difference it makes.”

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