On 16 April 2012 Surrey History Centre were delighted to host the launch of the Woking Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Peace bus. The bus carries the Community’s Peace campaign poster promoting ‘Muslims for Loyalty, Freedom & Peace’. Surrey History Centre were asked to hold the event because the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) view the venue as neutral, safe and welcoming. The event was attended by members of the Ahmadiyya Community, including Mr Ahsan Ahmadi, Regional President, Mr. Mobarak Ahmad Basra, Regional Missionary, Mr Hameed Ahmad, President of the Woking AMC Mr Ahmad Syed, Community Police representatives, and Surrey Heritage staff. Jonathan Lord MP, Cllr Chris Norman, and Surrey Heritage staff were also in attendance and were invited to speak following a reading from the Qur’an. The event drew to a close with prayers, tea and tasty Indian snacks.
As part of Surrey Heritage’s ongoing commitment to celebrate diverse communities, we have been developing links with the county’s Ahmadiyya Community. From an initial staff visit to Morden Mosque last May, the relationship has been nurtured and the Community have since placed their records with Surrey History Centre for posterity and research. The relationship has gone from strength to strength and readers may remember that the Community held their display of Qur’an with us in November 2011 to celebrate Inter Faith Week.
For centuries people have moved to Surrey from all over the world. Working with diverse communities to ensure that their culture and heritage is reflected in the county’s heritage collections both preserves Surrey’s long-standing cultural diversity and allows a wider range of people to access our services.
For further information about the Ahmadiyya Community in Surrey click here.