With the Grace of Allah (SWT), for the first time ever in Peterborough, the Husaini Islamic Centre, marked the commemoration of the tragedy of Karbala with wide range of exhibitions, galleries, activities, videos and a Candle Light Peace Vigil on Saturday 9th November 2013 at the heart of the city centre of Peterborough popularly known as the Cathedral square, all in the name of Imam Husain (A.S.), the grandson of the Holy Prophet (pbuh).
The day began at 10:00am with all the various stalls set up and a large wide screen displaying clips and messages creating a unique atmosphere that Peterborough city centre had never seen before. Soothing sound track on the background from the famous higher Peace album of Ali Fadhil was well received.
The day covered several activities, including:
- Serving over 600 Free hot drinks
- Individual messages of peace on helium balloons were released to the skies, the first balloon found by a lady walking her dog sixteen miles from the centre.
- Medina to Karbala Route Model invited questions and dialogue from visitors.
- Paintings of Wise Sayings of Imam on Canvas created a sense of understanding.
Linked with the National Blood service that were available on the day to register prospective blood donors in the name
of Imam Husain (A)
All Visitors received a small Goody bag containing important Literature, a bookmark, magnet and soft drink.
Whoishussain continued their growing campaign with neighbour invitation cards and flyers.
Many of the stalls were busy, which helped promote the message of charity, peace and justice that Imam Hussain (A) stood for.
The highlight of the day was the Ashura candle light peace vigil, which kicked off at 3:15pm with a powerful speech by Rev Frank Gelli, comparing Yazeed to the present known tyrants followed by a touching speech by renowned TV presenter Dr Rebecca Masterton, Next was Nouri Sardar with his comforting poetry filling the air, which nicely led to the lighting of the candles. First was the Mayor of Peterborough, followed by other respected dignitaries and completed in a controlled fashion with all adults and children joining to light the candle which read the message “PEACE”. Our own local Abbas Damani closed the day with heart-
warming prayer and words of thanks.
Feedback from the event was resoundingly positive, hundreds attended and the weather held up quite well, having the Mayor, various leaders and members from other faith groups, councillors, members of the Police and British Legion and a good community attendance, made the event a huge success.
The success only comes from Allah (SWT) through the wasilah of our 14 Ma’soomeen (A); however we must thank the huge contribution from volunteers, participants and donors of all ages to keep this important message alive.