By Ahmed J Versi
Albanian Muslims held a cultural evening in Waltham Forest, Town Hall, east London on May 9. The theme of the evening was ‘Building community bridges’ interspaced with cultural programme.
Leader of Waltham Forest Council, Cllr Chris Robbins, welcoming the guests, said he was “very proud of diversity of our borough. As a council we wish to reach out to all.”
Deputy Mayor of the Council, Cllr Nadeem Ali, said the people living in the borough came from many backgrounds and cultures and the Albanian community living in the Waltham Forest is “inspiring” and are “showcasing today their cultural contribution.”
Co-ordinator of Albanian-British Cultural Project, Kastriot Berberi, said the Albanian community was “working hard to integrate into the British society and encouraging friendship with people from other communities.” The event has “brought together local government officials and faith leaders to promote peace and embracing diversity and promoting greater harmony.”
Imam Mehmed Stublla, from the Kosovan community, used examples from the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad to show how Islam helps to build bridges and bring peace and harmony in society. “The Prophet built bridges in Madinah between Christians, Muslims and Jews.”
Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi, who spoke at the event on community cohesion, congratulated the Albanian community on its work to bring various communities together. Versi gave example of Muslims, Jews, Christians and Hindus working together in Harrow and how when the anti-Islam EDL came to Harrow, the communities got together in support of the Muslims.