Ahmadiyya Muslims

Hope, warm-heartedness and a takeaway: the third annual interfaith symposium, Sunday 10th September

Posted on October 5th, by Katie Rose in Politics & Society. No Comments

Hindus, Christians and Muslims stood as one in a memorable exploration of faith

On a wet September evening, I find my way to the serene prayer room of the Baitus Subhan Mosque. There is a warm atmosphere of anticipation and keen conversation as people start to meet, greet and find out about each other. The event opens with stalls representing a number of community groups and a … Read More »

Mosque holds interfaith forum on religious unity

Posted on October 4th, by David Marino Jr in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Religion: a cause of unity or division?

The Ahmadiyya mosque in Croydon was lit up with debate Friday evening, as a public forum celebrating religious diversity and interfaith awareness took place.

The event at Baitus Subhan Mosque was attended by about thirty people, several speakers took to the podium to address religious diversity. The main event of the night were duelling addresses … Read More »

The challenges facing Croydon’s interfaith initiatives

Posted on September 5th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 8 comments

Bringing Croydon’s faith groups together will require risk-taking and imagination

Croydon’s Council’s supplementary planning document, ‘Places of Worship‘, takes seven pages to list 187 such places. If you’re reading this article, it’s unlikely that you’ve visited more than one. That’s because our town is divided by faith.

The process begins with our children. Faith-based selection creates classroom populations across the borough which are quite unrepresentative of … Read More »

The Broad Green community spring clean, Monday 17th April

Posted on May 3rd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Locals set out to clean up Litter Land

If you’re reading this, you most likely know that there’s a serious fly-tipping/littering problem in west and north Croydon. People argue about it: who’s to blame, what’s been done and not done, what’s to be done next. Some of them seek to score political points from it. This article, which has met with a strong response across social media, describes the … Read More »

How Croydon’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community responded to the terrorist attack in Westminster

Posted on April 3rd, by Adeel Shah in Politics & Society. No Comments

Young Muslims from Croydon remember the victims of the recent Westminster attack

On Wednesday 29th March, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) took part in a large remembrance gathering on Westminster Bridge in central London. One week earlier, the bridge had been the location for a horrifying atrocity later identified as the work of an extremist claiming to be a Muslim, Khalid Masood, aged fifty-two, from Kent. … Read More »

September 2016 in brief

Posted on October 14th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Croydon’s big stories of September 2016, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Boxpark opening date announced

The delayed Boxpark development next to East Croydon station received an opening date of 29th October. A festival, culminating in grime night Eskimo Dance, will launch the food, drink and events-focused space, which will not include any retail units. As a result, plans for a repeat of 2015′s Ambition Festival … Read More »

Croydon’s Ahmadiyya Muslims celebrate Eid

Posted on September 28th, by Adeel Shah in Culture. 1 Comment

Adeel Shah reports on a well-attended celebration, and provides an insight into Croydon’s Ahmadiyya community

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Chapter of Croydon in New Addington and Shirley hosted an Eid festival get-together dinner party at the Civic Centre in New Addington.

Over 100 guests attended this programme as well as the Deputy Mayor, councillor Toni Letts. Local MP Gavin Barwell was also in attendance, as well as … Read More »

Event report: the Croydon interfaith gathering, Sunday 22nd May at the Ahmadiyya mosque, St James Road

Posted on June 1st, by Rosie Edser in Culture. 3 comments

Rosie Edser admires the tolerance of Muslims and Christians alike as an audience member goes rogue

What does integration look like? Not being a sporting enthusiast, in my head it’s basically carrying your Oyster card (essential), library card (desirable) and Nectar card (optional). Plus not picking flowers, being homophobic or dropping litter. You don’t have to reference the queen reverently every five minutes (or re-name … Read More »

The young Muslims who cleaned up Croydon

Posted on January 5th, by Adeel Shah in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Whilst many Croydonians were sleeping off a 1st January hangover, a bunch of local young people went to work

Before dawn on Friday 1st January, more than sixty young Muslim volunteers descended on the streets of Croydon to clean up following the New Year’s Eve festivities.

Volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), were ready to work their way across the borough in order to … Read More »

Croydon goes to the London Peace Symposium, Baitul Futuh Mosque, 14th March 2015

Posted on April 3rd, by Rosie Edser in Politics & Society. 22 comments

Rosie Edser accompanies Croydon’s Ahmadiyya Muslims to the 12th London Peace Symposium

Asking whether Ahmadiyya Muslims are Sunni or Shia is like asking whether Jehovah’s Witnesses are Catholic or Protestant. They’re neither, they’re entirely different. There are approximately seventy-three different sects of Islam and the belief that their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was a messiah places the Ahmadiyya community in conflict with many mainstream Muslims. By way of … Read More »