Search

‘Ramadan radio’ hits the airwaves live from Forest Gate HQ

07:00 24 July 2014

Left to right: guest Shehroze Khan, 22, guest Darshana Lathigra, 42, presenter, Abdul Malik, 48, presenter Usman Shah, 23 and presenter Muzammel Rafiq

Left to right: guest Shehroze Khan, 22, guest Darshana Lathigra, 42, presenter, Abdul Malik, 48, presenter Usman Shah, 23 and presenter Muzammel Rafiq

Archant

A Muslim group in Forest Gate has launched a radio station to discuss current affairs during the month of Ramadan and beyond.

Guest Darshana Lathigra, 42Guest Darshana Lathigra, 42

Ramadan 87.9FM was set up by Minhaj-ul-Qur’an, which this week held a special festival outside its mosque in Romford Road to mark the end of a day’s fast.

The station has hosted Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s shadow justice secretary, councillors and campaigners to discuss topics, ranging from international issues such as Palestine and local NHS issues.

Station manager Adnan Sohail, who is also project manager for the mosque’s Minhaj Welfare Foundation, said: “A group of volunteers decided that they wanted to do something for Ramadan.”

For the Iftar festival on Friday, the first of its kind, he said they sought to combine their culture with the breaking of the fast at sunset.

Iftar means breakfast in Arabic and refers to this sunset meal during Ramadan.

Adnan said that the festival offered food and they held a “candle-lit vigil for all people who passed away in all sorts of terrible ways” in disasters around the world.

Guests at the festival from 8.30pm to 9.30pm included East Ham MP Stephen Timms and Supt Ian Larnder of Newham police.

A spokesman for the foundation said: “We had almost 200 people attending, of whom many were just passersby who joined the event.

“We had priests from the local churches and a rabbi.

“Each religious leader and Stephen Timms gave a short speech in regards to world peace and working on a collective agenda for social cohesion and for peace.”

There was also two minutes’ silence for the Palestinians who have died in Israeli attacks in Gaza, and guests then broke the fast with a meal.

Minhaj-ul-Qur’an was founded by Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a Pakistani theologian who authored a fatwa against terrorism and suicide bombing in 2010.

Earlier this year it published a book on Muhammad as part of its work to counter what it considers false interpretations of Islam.

To hear Ramadan 87.9FM visit ramadanfm2014.co.uk, and for more information about Minhaj-ul-Qur’an go to minhajuk.org/minhajuk.

Read more:

Olympic Park gets new Anglican minister for Stratford Christians

Ramadan diary: Upton Park Imam says fasting helps to reflect

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:55
The power cut is causing delays between Liverpool Street and Shenfield

Trains between Liverpool Street and Shenfield are delayed this evening due to electrical supply problems at Forest Gate.

Yesterday, 17:43
108 dishes were offered to a Hindu deity (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Thousands of Hindus celebrated Diwali this week with ceremonies, fireworks and family fun.

Yesterday, 15:34
Angel Williams, 13 (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A 13-year-old Romford girl who went missing last week has been found safe and well, police have confirmed.

Yesterday, 08:00
Investigators believe that a firework started the fire

A stray firework is believed to have caused a fire which completely destroyed the balcony of a Stratford block of flats.

Most read news

These images show the lava’s path from a sky-high vantage point.

Would a prominent calorie label on your booze make you think twice before tanking up?

Looking for a holiday? We know a company that are keen to flog you a trip to the land of Kim Jong-un.

Biffo and Bobo better stay away from the town of Vendargues this Halloween.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition