Interfaith Walk - Dove Stone Reservoir 19th Aug. 2017

Oldham Interfaith Forum visited one of the most beautiful parts of the country walking around the Dove Stone Reservoir in Greenfield, Saddleworth.

interfaih walk at dove stone reservoirAt the Dove Stone ReservoirWalking at Dove Stone ReservoirSetting off for the walk at Dove Stone

While the weather was variable; alternating between rain and sunshine with high winds, and not quite as sunny as the first photograph - taken in July, the scenery was still impressive and the bracing walk was enjoyed by all.


Discussing how different Faiths deal with Death

Oldham Interfaith Forum held a group discussion at St. Paul's Church Oldham.

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Faith & Death Discussion

The discussion was introduced by Roger Gould of Uppermill Methodist and IFF chair and given additional context by Phil Sumner of St. Patrick's who referred to a recent accident taking place close to St. Paul's when 2 young women were hit by a reckless driver and died.

The discussion broadened with contributions from the members of the varied faiths present illustrating each's attitude and aprroch to dealing with death.

Jit Kara spoke on Hinduism, Mufti Helal Mahmood on Islam, Nick Andrews and James read gave Christianity's view.


Oldham’s Muslim Community raises Thousands of Pounds for the Mayor’s Charities

The Joint effort started on the suggestion of Akhtar Zahid, a local businessman and Cllr Fida Hussain, the Mayor in 2014/15, the rest is history, as the Mosques Council, this year raised another £4,635 bringing the total for the years to £19,691.

The Mayor of Oldham Cllr Derek Heffernan said “I am thrilled to accept this very generous donation by the Oldham Mosques Council”. The members prove how much our Muslim neighbours are now part of the wonderful diverse community which is Oldham today”. My thanks to the Mosques Council and to the members who have worked so hard to raise this money” he added further.

Qari. Abdul Shakoor, Chairman of Oldham Mosques Council said, “the Muslim Community contributes to the voluntary sector in most aspects of life in the Borough throughout the year including regular clean-up campaigns and contribute their time and money to different charities”.

Muftl. Helal coordinator of Oldham Mosques Council said: “We are pleased that OMC has played a key role in contributing the following amounts in 2014/15 £10,800 for Christies Oldham, £4259.40 for Dr Kershaw’s hospice in 2015/16 and £4635 for Councillor Heffernan’ charities this year - We look forward to working with the incoming Mayor in 2017/18

Fazal Rahim signs chq from Oldham Mosques' Council to Oldham Mayor's Charities with Mayor Derek HeffernanGroup of representatives of Oldham Mosques Council presenting Cheque for the Mayor's Charities to Mayor Derek Heffernan
"The raising of funds for the Mayor of Oldham’s charities has hit a note with our congregations and I’m often asked when the funding activity will start?”

Qari. Abdul Shakoor, Chairman of Oldham Mosques Council

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