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TRYING OUT NEW FOOD: Everyone tried new dishes that they hadn’t tasted before

TRYING OUT NEW FOOD: Everyone tried new dishes that they hadn’t tasted before

Leeds Grand Mosque’s Food Festival cooks up food from all around the world

Leeds Grand Mosque hosted its first international food festival to raise money for Diabetes UK and the mosque itself on Saturday 28th May.

Local people from cultures as diverse as Malaysia and Morocco to Nigeria and Poland and even the United Arab Emirates and the USA cooked up a medley of delicious foods from their home countries.

The amateur cooks were entered into a cooking competition which was judged by TV presenter Nadia Hussein and uber popular food blogger - Curry On Haleema.

Organiser Mohammed Omar said: “It was great to see so many sisters from the Nigerian community attend the event. The food festival brought us closer together and they are keen to take part in more events at the mosque.”

Haleema, from ‘Curry on Haleema’, had a huge number of entries to make her way through.  Eight prizes were awarded in categories ranging from Best Chicken Dish to Best Junior Team.

A special prize of Best National Team was eventually awarded to the Libyans who showed a huge amount of team work and dedication, producing a range of beautiful dishes.

CHARITY FUNDRAISERS:(From left) Mohamed Omar, Head of the Social Committee at LGM; Lara Dobson, Area Fundraising Manager at Diabetes UK and Ihab Ibrahim, Chairman of Leeds Grand Mosque

CHARITY FUNDRAISERS:(From left) Mohamed Omar, Head of the Social Committee at LGM; Lara Dobson, Area Fundraising Manager at Diabetes UK and Ihab Ibrahim, Chairman of Leeds Grand Mosque

Reverend Heston Groenewald, from All Hallows Church, praised the initiative and confirmed an interest in helping to organise a similar event next year, in corporation with the church.

Sue Jackson, the Area Fundraising Administrator from Diabetes UK, was amazed by the number of ladies who participated in cooking food.

The two other co-organisers, Rose Townsend and Heena Mahmood, added: “We wanted to do something that would bring everyone together in a celebration of culture, and everyone who loves food. We have certainly achieved that.”

They continued: “We also wanted to give something back to the wider community in the UK. Raising money for Diabetes UK is something we are passionate about, as disease does not discriminate between people on the basis of religion, colour or race.

“Leeds Grand Mosque has a large female congregation and this kind of event celebrates the talents of these women. The cooking competition has had an overwhelming amount of interest which is fantastic.”

Throughout the day over 700 visitors headed down to the festival to try out some international flavours helping to raise £1,600 in total.

DELICIOUS DISHES: Food was cooked up from recipe books around the world, including Malaysia and Somalia

DELICIOUS DISHES: Food was cooked up from recipe books around the world, including Malaysia and Somalia

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International Food Festival at Leeds Grand Mosque set to tantalise tastebuds

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FLAGS OF FLAVOUR: Organiser Mohammed Omar tucks into one of the dishes that could be served up at the festival on 28th May

FLAGS OF FLAVOUR: Organiser Mohammed Omar tucks into one of the dishes that could be served up at the festival on 28th May

Melting pot of cultures! 

Calling all foodies, Leeds Grand Mosque is hosting an International Food Festival on Saturday 28th May to raise money for Diabetes UK and the mosque itself.

Local people of different cultures from all over the world are going to be cooking up a medley of delicious foods from their home countries, which will be entered into a cooking competition and judged by TV presenter Nadia Hussein and uber popular food blogger - Curry On Haleema.

Organisers Heena Mahmood, Mohammed Omar and Ruth Townsend wanted to have an all female judging panel to ‘spark some conversation and interest’.

Heena said: “The Festival will begin at 2pm until around 6pm. The reason behind this event is the fact that there’s a diverse population that attend this mosque and also the entire neighbourhood is multicultural.

“We wanted to do something that would bring everyone together- and everyone loves food.”

Heena said that there has been an ‘excellent response’ from the community, “people from all different backgrounds have been supportive,” she continued.

“Everyone has shown an interest. Asians have got involved; Nigerians, a lot of Middle Eastern people are going to be coming - Sudanese families too. It’s been really exciting to hear the feedback so far.”

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The competition will see prizes for the best rice/pasta/potato/bean/lentil dish,
chicken dish, meat dish, vegetable dish, sweet food dish, best junior cook (any dish cooked by child under 16 years), best national team and best male chef.

The categories are very open to allow for cultural interpretations of that type of food and as long as dishes broadly match the category, they can enter.

The event organisers spread the word through social media.  

“Initially, we were going to have each culture having its own table but because we’ve had such a variety of dishes flooding in, we’ve decided to group it into categories,” Heensa said, “such as all the rice dishes together and all the sweet dishes.

“There’ll be a flag and a label with each dish.”

The mosque has suggested a minimum donation of £2 per plate for savoury food and £1 for sweet food.

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Open day at Leeds Grand Mosque strengthens bridges between all faiths

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BONDING: People of all faiths - and non-faiths - gathered in the mosque to learn about Islam and ask questions

BONDING: People of all faiths - and non-faiths - gathered in the mosque to learn about Islam and ask questions

Visit my mosque!

The Leeds Grand Mosque opened its doors to the general public as part of ‘Visit My Mosque’ - or #VisitMyMosque on twitter - a nationwide initiative facilitated by The Muslim Council of Britain.

The event included an exhibition that provided an opportunity for visitors to learn more about Islam and Muslims; a short address from the Imam of the mosque and Rev Heston; a presentation by the Chair of the Committee; and finally, attendees were given the chance to ask questions comfortably and observe the Maghreb - or sunset - prayer.

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The event brought together representatives from religious groups, the local police force, community groups and the general public.

Dr Ihab Ibrahim, LGM Committee Chair said: “The event was a fantastic opportunity to open the doors of our mosque to many people, some for whom this was the first time. The talks made by our Imam Shayk Taher and Rev Heston, and the Q&A session, all helped to make the event very special.”

Rev Heston Groenewald, of All Hallows Church said: “Little Woodhouse and Hyde Park Neighbourhood Forums are thrilled to work with LGM and other community partners, to turn neighbours into friends and seek the good of our brilliant neighbourhood.”

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Commenting on the Open Days initiative, Imam of Makkah Masjid, Dr Qari Asim MBE  said: “The event was an eye-opener for many. The unanimous feedback amongst those who attended the Mosque was that the experience was informative, enjoyable and spiritually uplifting. It is hoped that by providing an opportunity for people of other faiths to explore the beauty of Islam within the setting of the Mosque’s traditional architectural designs and contemporary styles, the whole community has benefited from greater respect and mutual understanding.”

The Visit My Mosque Day comes after 200 demonstrators of the Pegida anti-Islam movement staged a silent march in Birmingham on Saturday.

Caroline Wyatt, the BBC's religious affairs correspondent, said the protest was a sign of the fears over Islam.

The number of anti-Muslim attacks in London has risen since the attacks in Paris, with hundreds being attacked, according to figures issued by the Met.

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The Met said in the week prior to the attacks in France on 13th November there were 24 recorded Islamophobic incidents. Two weeks after there were 76.

There are more than 2.5 million Muslims in the UK and more than 1,500 mosques. The mosque is a place to gather for prayers, to study and to celebrate festivals such as Ramadan. It can also be used to house schools and community centres.

In the spirit of dialogue, friendship and local community engagement, LGM hopes to continue its mission in building and strengthening the bridges between the Muslim community and the local faith and non-faith organisations, statutory agencies, and local people.

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Bradford’s Grand Mawlid and Procession

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CELEBRATION: The annual Grand Mawlid and Procession will take place at the Bradford Grand Mosque this Sunday

Bradford’s renowned International Grand Mawlid is set to take place this weekend as thousands of people celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.

On Sunday 18th January, from 12pm until late, Bradford’s Al-Jamia Suffa-Tul-Islam Grand Mosque, on Horton Park Avenue, will be hosting the annual celebration and procession, spreading the true message of Islam - of peace, love and tolerance.

For decades, a union between the Suffa-Tul-Islam UK Association and Muslim organisations across Bradford have brought together followers of the faith from all corners of the country to mark the sacred occasion and this year’s event will be no different.

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Held under the guidance of Shaykh Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman Al-Mahboobi Sahib, and supported by mosques, educational institutes and organisations throughout Bradford, the ‘brothers-only’ day will also be attended by guests including Shuyukh, Scholars and Naat Khawans from around the globe.

Institutions involved in the arrangement of the day also include: Tabligh-ul-Islam, Jamia Masjid Hanfia, Madni Masjid and Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust.
To ensure you don’t miss out on any of the scheduled events, please see the attached timetable for specific timings.

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TIMETABLE
11:00am - Welcome and Refreshments
12:00pm - Conference (1st Session)
1:15pm - Zuhr Prayer
1:30pm - Conference (2nd Session)
2:45pm - Asr Prayer
3:00pm - Procession
4:24pm - Maghrib Prayer
4:45pm - Conference (3rd Session)

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