Bradford, 28 Rabiul Akhir 1434/10 March 2013 (MINA) – The Muslim community in Bradford is currently raising funds to save the synagogue (jewish worship place) in Bradford, northern England.

      Broad Secretary of the mosque in Bradford, Zulfi Karim said on Friday (8/3). He had invited his fellow Muslims to help raise funds for their neighbors, the Jews who also live in the city.

      They had a difficult fund problem to renovate the synagogue. It has long damage since the oldest place of worship existed in this city.

       “In Bradford we are working hard to bring people of different faiths to come together and support one another as good neighbors,” Karim told as quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).

        The Muslim community also plans to cast a funding proposal to the Bradford local government to help the constuction of the oldest synagogue in the city.

         “We are pleased with these activities in order to build solidarity among co-religionists. This act reflects how wonderful our religion that teaches tolerance and inter-religious harmony. This is a form of faith, and culture of Islam,” said Karim.

        The synagogue was first built in 1880, with a Moorish-style Victorian architecture.

         Up to now, the Synagogue is still be used for Shabbat celebrations and religious festivals,  although many Jews left worshiping in this palce.

        Meanwhile, the leaders of the Jewish community in Bradford Rudi Leavor thanked to  Muslim community for helping the construction of the synagogue.

       “The contribution of Muslims in the city is very big for us. This Tradition should be preserved in order to create a peaceful harmony in the city of Bradford,” said Leavor.

       “We will all work together, help each other to save our worship place with the help of other communities and also the local government,” he added.

         According to the latest census data released by the British government, every month hundreds of British people convert to Islam, so that Islam is right now become the fastest growing religion in England and Wales.

         From the census data, it showed that the number of Christian population in the UK has decreased 11% over the past decade, from 37.3 million people in 2001 to 33.2 million in 2011, while at the same time, the amount of Muslim population has increased by 80%, from 1.5 million in 2001 to 2.7 million in 2011, which making this the religion of Islam as the second largest religion in the UK.  (T/P04/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)


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