Mosques raise over half a million pounds
Pakistan High Commission
12 November 2005
Pakistanís envoy to Britain, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi has paid rich tributes to mosques across the UK which have raised generous donations for the victims of the 8 October earthquake in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.
Dr. Lodhi has been visiting various mosques where fund raising efforts have been in full swing.
On Thursday, she visited and addressed a gathering at the Derby Jamia mosque, where she was also presented a cheque for £85,000 for the Presidentís Relief Fund. She thanked the Imam of the Derby mosque, Masood Akhtar, coordinator and members of the mosque committee who helped mobilized the fundraising campaign.
Dr. Lodhi told the congregation that their efforts to help the victims of the earthquake were exemplary and only testified to the philanthropist role of the mosques. She said false and negative characterizations of the role of mosque in recent months are completely nullified by the magnificent role that the mosques are playing in helping those in desperate need.
She thanked the community in Derby and urged them to sustain the fund raising campaign. Dr. Lodhi briefed the audience of the relief and rehabilitation efforts underway, stressing that every contribution made a difference and helped save lives.