British Muslims Drive Forward Coronation Celebrations

Buses carry congratulatory message to His Majesty alongside celebratory events in mosques across Britain.A Muslim community is sponsoring posters on London’s iconic buses to drive home a message of goodwill for the Coronation. And preparations are being made by mosques across Britain to mark the Coronation by inviting friends and neighbours for celebrations over the Coronation weekend from 6-8 May. The celebratory campaign is being led by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, one of the oldest established Muslim communities in the UK that built the first purpose-built mosque in London in Southfields, as well as Britain’s biggest mosque – the landmark Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, south London.

Buses are running across the capital from 29 April with the message: ‘Congratulations Your Majesty!’ and carry the Coronation logo and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK logo. Mosques across Britain will be filled with prayers for His Majesty The King. Mosques will also be sharing food, running fun activities for children and making special donations to local foodbanks as part of The Big Help Out campaign on 8 May. In a special message His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community, expressed his heartfelt and sincere congratulations to the King. His Holiness also noted that in 1902 the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community offered special thanks and prayers on the Coronation of HM King Edward VII.

His Holiness noted that freedom of religion was a hallmark of the British nation as reflected in the reign of HM Queen Victoria. His Holiness noted that this commitment has continued since, including during the reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II. His Holiness welcomed the fact that HM King Charles has also expressed the need for respect for religions His Holiness said:
“I pray that the occasion of His Majesty’s Coronation proves not only a means of bringing people of different nations together but also a means of fostering a spirit of trust and mutual understanding in society and between nations.

“It is my prayer that may God Almighty through His Grace and Beneficence, keep our honoured King safe and in good health. May his reign be one of peace and prosperity for the world, and may the attributes of justice, tolerance and freedom of belief forever remain the guiding principles of the British Monarchy. Ameen” Rafiq Hayat, UK President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, said: “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community throughout the UK will mark this historic occasion with public celebrations in mosques and prayers for the wellbeing of King and country.

“We are delighted to sponsor messages on London buses to celebrate this occasion as a further expression of our loyalty to the country. “It is an Islamic injunction to be loyal to your nation and the Coronation provides a magnificent occasion to declare our commitment to supporting our King.”

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