journeys at home and abroad
Update: Stockwell Mosque is being investigated by the Charity Commission after reports of hate leaflets against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community being found there. The investigation will look into the administration, governance and management of the charity by the trustees; the conduct of the trustees and whether or not the trustees have complied with and fulfilled their duties and responsibilities as trustees under charity law; and the financial controls and management of the charity. I hope there will also be a full investigation into the reports of hate leaflets. The Ahmadiyya community is one of the minority groups persecuted in Pakistan and an Ahmadi shopkeeper, Asad Shah, was murdered in Glasgow in March.
Delighted to see Toaha’s name in the New Year Honours List today – very well deserved. The citation reads
Toaha Bashir Zulqarnain Qureshi. For services to Community Relations in Stockwell, South West London.
I’ve known Toaha and his family for many years. We set up Clapham & Stockwell Faith Forum together in the summer of 2001 – an all-faiths-&-none group which got local people together across religious boundaries. There were multifaith football teams, arts groups, round tables, festivals, peace-building and solidarity work.
Toaha has worked hard at Stockwell Mosque and at Stockwell Green Community Services looking after both the local Muslim population and the wider community, with a particular focus on education. After the London bombs and the shooting of Jean-Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station in 2005, Toaha broke off from an engagement in Birmingham to speak at the Faith Forum’s hastily organised public meeting.
He keeps close contact with family, friends and educationalists in Pakistan and does a tremendous amount to improve relations between people and institutions in Punjab and their counterparts here in the UK. My son and I had a wonderful time meeting everyone there during our visit in 2007.