Sheffield Muslims take part in youth rally

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More than 100 young men from Sheffield and South Yorkshire will be taking part in the UK’s largest Muslim youth rally this weekend.

The three-day event is being held in the Surrey countryside, with about 5,000 British Muslims expected to attend.

The annual gathering will promote a message of peace and the importance of serving Britain.

It has been organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, an organisation that has the backing of both Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy PM and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg.

As well as communal prayers and discussion forums, there will also be sport competitions and screening of World Cup games.

Saeed Nazir, aged 26, the vice-president of the organisation’s Yorkshire branch, said there will be about 130 people from South Yorkshire at the event.

“The basic aim is to tell people about the religion itself and let them know about what we are doing to improve society,” he said.

“Our motto is ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’.”

A Union Jack will be hoisted at the event, which is being attended by the Caliph of Islam, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

His Holiness said: “Britain has provided a home for people from across the world. As Ahmadi Muslims, we give thanks to Queen and Country for allowing us to practice our faith freely. Islam teaches us to be loyal to the country in which we reside and as Ahmadi Muslims we believe it is our duty to serve the country, to contribute to society and promote peace and good citizenship.”

Mr Clegg has previously paid tribute to the charity work of the organisation.

He said: “This volunteer work represents an essential part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s really important contribution to UK national life – whether through helping to raise wider awareness and understanding of the Islamic faith, or fundraising and feeding the homeless, donating blood, and other charitable acts.”