Mosques’ £80k for Gaza

Arif Syed (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGPPP00320140213073146
Arif Syed (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGPPP00320140213073146

An Islamic leader said Crawley mosques have raised more than £80,000 to help people living in Gaza.

Arif Syed, chairman of Broadfield Mosque, said members of his and Langley Green Mosque raised the funds for UK charities in response to Israeli air-strikes in the Palestinian territory.

He said: “People are crying in the mosque, they will not go to work because they are praying for Gaza constantly.

“The treatment of the Palestinian people in the hands of the Israeli soldiers - it’s broken people’s hearts.

“As long as the attacks will continue the fundraising will continue.”

Langley Green Mosque raised some £40,000 during its fundraising appeal in July.

Broadfield Mosque raised £30,000.

It raised more than £8,000 in a family fun day in Cherry Lane on July 20 and a further £1,300 in a charity car wash on July 19.

Money made from children’s sports, food stalls and bric a brac sales at the event went to the appeal.

Mr Syed said: “There was a diverse community of Muslims - Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Arab - all communities.”

The funds were given to Al Imdad Foundation UK and Ummah Welfare Trust and will go towards emergency relief for the region.

This included funding for hospitals, hostels and gifts for children.

More than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza are reported to have died since July 8.

On the fundraising, Mr Syed added: “For a very long time the rest of the world is just watching it.

“The least we can do is that - we cannot go and fight for them - it’s just to give them a bit of a better life.”

Some 16 people were living in his mosque praying continuously for the people in Gaza.

Members of the mosque joined the thousands who went to the rally calling for an end to the Israeli military offensive in London on July 19.

Mr Syed said: “Most of the sisters went to the demonstration.”