Helal Mahmood Awarded MBE

Mufti Helal Hahmood of the Jalalabad Jamay Masjid, Oldham Mosques Council and Oldham Interfaith Forum has been awarded and MBE in the New Year's Honours for services to Community Cohesion in Oldham.

On the 9th January a event was held to celebrate the award at the Jalalabad Jamay Masjid in Glodwick where he was also presented with an award commemorating his achievement on behalf of Oldham Council.

Community members and friends congratualte Helal in event at Jamia MosqueHelal Mahmood enjoying the gatheringHelal receiving commemorative award from Oldham CouncilFth Phil Sumner of St. Patricks speaking at the Jamay Mosque   Helal holding commemorative awardHelal with friends,family and well-wishers

OIF Festival of Light 2018

The Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Jawaid Iqbal, used his strap-line, “aspire to inspire” to capture the atmosphere at the end of Oldham’s annual Festival of Light this week. He said that this is precisely what the Festival had achieved. Every seat was taken in the Queen Elizabeth Hall as over 400 people attended the event. The Reverend Howard Sutcliffe opened the proceedings with an Oldham Poem in the style of Tony Walsh’s emotional ode to Manchester after the bombing in the Manchester Arena. Reverend Sutcliffe evoked a sense of pride in Oldham and urged his listeners to stand together. The audience was then regaled with performances of colourful and rhythmic singing and dancing from the rich diversity of Oldham’s communities. There was a first appearance at the Festival for the Filipino community who transported many, in their imaginations, to the South Seas. Two young men from the Khadija Education Centre deftly performed a couple of nasheeds (unaccompanied Islamic hymns). The Bluecoat School Brass Ensemble expertly evoked the spirit of Christmases past with their carols. And the performances were brought to a close with Indian Dhol drums and Lazium. Interspersed among these performances were speakers from the Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Christian faiths who explained the different festivals and the told stories behind them. And then, in a spirit of fun, there was a quick interactive interfaith quiz which engaged the audience and proved a great success.

One attendee, when asked what she enjoyed most about the event, said, “the diversity, the joyousness and the fabulous music and dancing.” And another simply said, “Don’t stop doing it!”

Festival of Light 2018Four Faith Candles were lit Nasheed by Khadijah Education CentreSt Patrick’s Church Oldham Filipino ChoirIndian Dance by Nat-Raj Dance AcademyChristmas carols by Blue Coat School Brass Ensemble

GDPR Seminar for Faith Institutions

Leaders and representatives of places of worship and faith institutions attended a seminar on the current legislation known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), organised jointly by Oldham Interfaith Forum, Oldham Mosques Council & Strengthening Faith Institutions.

The Seminar was presented by Ruth Smith, Consultant Solicitor, Corporate & Commercial of Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisors

Members attending the OIF, GDPR SeminarGDPR Seminar in progerss at Oldham Central MosqueRuth Smith presenting the seminar on GDPR
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