A number of us attended an EID celebration on Friday evening as part of the Muslim community in Luton inviting other religions and faiths and indeed those of no particular faith to a get together. The event was enabled by the Near Neighbours fund, EID celebration and Luton Council Of Faiths initiatives and despite some overhead individual worries expressed over possible attendance numbers it turned out that by the 6:30 start time a wide cross section of faith organisation representatives filled the venue, The Jamia Islamia Ghousia Mosque in Westbourne Road. .
We all experienced Daf percussion and Nasheed singing and a number of guests spoke including Luton MP Kelvin Hopkins and David Jonathan (Johny) of Luton Council of Faiths and Grassroots together with other esteemed guests who all spoke of the benefits of ongoing efforts to foster community cohesion and hopes that faith organisations can continue to get together and by talking and sharing we can continue to discover more about each other and work together where we can.
Which is exactly what we all did after the short guest speeches bolstered by the availability of food and drink.