NORTHOLT, England, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of
Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (TRH) visited Husaini Masjid, the mosque for
the Dawoodi Bohra Muslims, in Northholt on Wednesday morning. They met with
Prince Qaidjoher Ezzuddin, son of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, spiritual
leader of Dawoodi Bohra Muslims worldwide.
TRH saw an exhibition covering aspects of the community's contribution to
British life, particularly in medicine and business, and also their
philanthropic work world-wide, including the restoration of heritage mosques
in Egypt and Iraq, a state-of-the-art hospital in India and water sourcing and
coffee farming projects in Yemen.
TRH examined some Fatimid features in the prayer area of the mosque
complex, saw a children's classroom in the madrasah and from the prayer area,
viewed a tree planted by His Royal Highness during an earlier visit in 1996.
In his welcoming speech, Prince Ezzuddin said:
"Since 1993, you have made significant statements in support of Islam and
the values it espouses. It is heart-warming for our community and all Muslims
residing in UK, that the Heir to the Throne of the country they live in should
value their religion and traditions in the way that you have.
It is an inclusive and sympathetic approach, not born out of a political
need or even a sense of responsibility as the future monarch, but a wish to
seek out the best that the rich diversity of your subjects can offer. As a
token of our gratitude for this, and to commemorate your visit today, we have
published a compilation of your speeches on Islam."
The Prince of Wales praised the Bohra community for their contribution
and expertise in business and said, "I am impressed by you what you have
He also said, "But most importantly, I cannot applaud enough the
invaluable example of your belief that patriotism is part of faith. This makes
an enormous contribution to modern British society."
TRH were given a number of gifts including a traditional shawl and a
The Dawoodi Bohra Muslims in UK are almost all British citizens. They
have purpose-built mosques in London, Manchester and Bradford.
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Mohammedi Park, Rowdell Road, Northholt, Middlesex UB5 6AG
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