Mitzvah day team go green-fingered

By Peter Stanners

Local volunteers have been getting their hands dirty on a Faith in Communities Allotment in Gorton, Manchester, to prepare it for the winter season.

As part of Mitzvah day, a Jewish led day of social action, the green-fingered group trimmed hedges, cleaned tools and painted the sheds on the triple-sized allotment on Sunday 21 November 2010.

The allotment is run in partnership with several community organisations and provides many services, such as growing food for the disadvantaged people and running workshops on healthy eating, green exercise and poultry care.

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Bolton school girl Nazeeba missing

A teenage girl has been missing from her home in Bolton for more than four days.

Nazeeba Hussain, 14, was last seen at her family home on Loxham Street, Great Lever, at about 8:15pm on Monday 15 November 2010.

She is described as Asian, 5ft 2in tall with shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. When last seen school girl Hussain was wearing traditional Asian dress consisting of a black top, orange trousers, grey cardigan, red scarf and red shoes.

Greater Manchester Police are becoming concerned for her welfare due to her age and the fact Hussain has not been missing before. She has no access to money and no change of clothes.

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New centre to make Muslims moderate

By Peter Stanners

A new Islamic community centre is apparently being set up in Manchester to encourage British Muslims into integrate local society.

The Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) has reported that a ‘moderation centre’ is being established in the North West on instruction from the Kuwaiti royal family in order to encourage a more moderate reading of Islam, raising eyebrows in local Muslim communities.

“Muslims in the West must break free from fear on their identity and positively blend in society and present a bright image of moderate Islam,” Dr Adel Al-Falah, Kuwaiti Undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, told KUNA.

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Forum celebrates Muslims that saved Jews

By Peter Stanners

A local inter-faith group has celebrated the brave Muslims who saved Jewish lives in World War Two.

On Sunday 23 October 2010 Manchester Muslim Jewish Forum members and local dignitaries attended the 70 Righteous Muslims Who Saved Jews In The Second World War event to remember the strong ties between Islam and Judaism.

Cllr Mark Hackett, Lord Mayor of Manchester, attended the celebration at Manchester Jewish Museum along with 80 other guests.

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Somalian mum and kids go missing

By Peter Stanners

MANCHESTER Mouth has learnt that the disappearance of a Somalian mother and her two children from their Manchester home is worrying local police.

Anisa Ibrahim, 30, from Withington, Manchester, and her sons Khalid and Ahmed Abubakar, aged five and three, have not been seen since 6 April 2010.

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Faith forums share fun picnic

THE MUSLIM Jewish Forum and Christian Muslim Forum of Greater Manchester enjoyed learning about different cultures at their annual picnic recently.

Taking place for the fourth year in a row, the picnic brought together members of three different faiths from the North West on Sunday 18 July 2010.

Attendees had a wonderful time, despite the drizzly Manchester weather, sharing food and stories at the boating lake in Heaton Park.

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Calling Asian writers

THE EDITOR of an online writing network has called on Asian authors from Manchester to contribute to a new publication.

Farhana Shaikh, the brains behind The Asian Writer, is asking wanna-be writers from Asian communities to submit their work for publication in the network’s first anthology.

Due to be published in October 2010, the publication is based around the theme of ‘Celebration’ and it will be launched at the Everybody’s Reading Festival in Leicester and at the DSC South Asian Literature Festival 2010 in London.

Speaking to Manchester Mouth about why she decided to set up The Asian Writer, Shaikh said: “The Asian Writer was set up to support and champion British Asian writers.”

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