‘Part of the ceiling of the church fell down in October 2021 and £110,000 was required to replace the entire ceiling’
27 September 2022
By James Milner
ALL SAINTS CHURCH: Mubarak Mosque in Tilford is helping to raise funds to rebuild church ceiling
The Mubarak Mosque in Tilford has joined arms with All Saints Church to contribute towards the replacement of the 150-year-old church ceiling.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), representing Mubarak Mosque, organised a run on Sunday, September 25, to raise funds towards this cause.
This unique interfaith event saw church congregants, school children, and villagers, including hundreds of young Muslims and Imams, taking part in the run in Tilford, Surrey.
A funfair also ran on the same day and all proceeds went to the church.
Part of the ceiling of the church fell down in October 2021 and £110,000 was required to replace the entire ceiling which was deemed unsafe.
The AMYA helped to organise the event to raise a portion of the amount, as part of its Mercy 4 Mankind initiative, which celebrates the life of the Prophet Muhammad.
Luqman Bajwa, national vice president of AMYA and lead organiser of Mercy 4 Mankind charity events, said: “Our flagship Mercy 4 Mankind event has been going on for years and we have raised millions of pounds for British charities. However, this is something unique and special.
“To see the local church back to its full glory, in the village where the Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s international headquarters is based and our Caliph, the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community resides, will be very rewarding for all of us.
“It has been great to work with the church on this project. Helping to rebuild a church for us as Muslims is something that is motivated by the life of the Prophet Muhammad who instructed Muslims to protect all places of worship.”
Charlotte Mathias, organiser and church treasurer, said: “The church sits at the heart of our village and is not only an important place of worship but a local heritage asset.
“The burden of finding the money to carry out the extensive work on the church ceiling falls entirely on the parish and is quite a daunting task.”