Story: Farhan Ahmed
It was a spectacular evening of celebration, inspiration, remembrance and charity at the Magna Centre on Sunday 13th January. Over 1000 people attended the largest gathering of Muslims in South Yorkshire, organised by Iqra Promotions on Owler Lane.
Ahmad Hussain, founder of Iqra Promotions, said, “The aim of this event was to highlight the current crisis in Darfur (Africa), where millions are being oppressed and neglected by the world media. We successfully managed to put together this event and raise a substantial amount of funds to help the cause. As Muslims, we have a duty to support the oppressed and this is highlighted through many examples during the life of our greatest role model, the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)”.
In just four hours, over £5000 was successfully raised. This spectacular event, hosted brilliantly by Khaleel Muhammad, featured a guest appearance by two-times world Thai boxing champion, Imran Khan. Nasheeds (Islamic music) were heard from Wajid Akhtar plus his debut single, soon to be released. Sheffield group, Ahmad Daud, and Asad from Fir Vale also performed.
Amazing performances were seen from Aashiq Al Rasul, Hamza Robertson, Nazeel Azami and Kamal Uddin. Fantastic comedy by international star and Aapna TV presenter, Baava Ditta, really lifted the audience. International correspondent and TV presenter, Yvonne Ridley, gave an inspirational talk about Islamophobia in Britain.
It was an incredible evening, enjoyed by all that attended. There was a fantastic atmosphere and Magna was filled with Takbeers (chants) praising Allah. As well as all this, children enjoyed a dedicated play area alongside a very Middle Eastern Souk (market) selling all types of accessories.
Iqra promotions want to continue bringing these types of events to the city. Please contact them on 0114 243 8786 for more information and how you can get involved in future events. Or visit http://www.iqrapromotions.com for more info.