Religious gathering in Hartlepool is hailed a success

The panel during the event.
The panel during the event.

Religions joined together for an event aimed at increasing understanding.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the Nasir Mosque at Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool, hosted a Religious Founders Day.

From left, Bilal Atkinson, Maulana Ayaz Khan, Mr Victor Gallant, Rt. Revd Paul Butler, Maulana Tahir Selby,and Fr. Graeme Buttery

From left, Bilal Atkinson, Maulana Ayaz Khan, Mr Victor Gallant, Rt. Revd Paul Butler, Maulana Tahir Selby,and Fr. Graeme Buttery

Three guest speakers were The Right Reverend Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham, representing Christianity, Victor Gallant from Newcastle, representing Judaism and Maulana Ayaz Khan from London, representing Islam.

The audience of 115 guests learned about the founders of the three religions who stemmed from the Prophet Abraham.

A spokesman said: “Mr Bilal Atkinson, the regional Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community began the meeting by explaining about their founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi, and the good work the community does to serve mankind.

“Mr Victor Gallant, the Jewish representative, who had come from Newcastle, explained about the Prophet Moses and the importance of keeping the commandments of the One God.

Audience 2 of Rel. Founders

Audience 2 of Rel. Founders

“Rt Revd Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham, explained about the message of Jesus, the founder of Christianity, and the importance of love for God and love for everyone.

“Maulana Ayaz Khan, who had travelled from London to speak on Islam, explained about the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam and emphasised on his message of forgiveness.

“The audience were given the opportunity to ask questions to the panel and then there was a cheque for £200 presented to Mr Rob Cook, the outgoing Mayor of Hartlepool for his charities. Another cheque of £200 was presented to Epilepsy Outlook, a local Hartlepool Charity. The meeting helped to give a greater understanding of the different faiths and showed how much similarity there is with all the faiths and helped to build bridges for a better future.”