Rehman expands Asian sport charity

By Will Astbury

Former Bradford City captain Zesh Rehman has extended the services of his sporting charity to schools in Manchester.

The 27-year-old footballer, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League, signed for Thai side Muangthong United in late December but before he left took the time to establish the Zesh Rehman Foundation’s (ZRF) first project in the North West.

The Foundation is now running the Onside programme at Kassim Darwish Grammar School For Boys (KD), an Islamic independent school in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, to teach youngsters more about the sport and hopefully to coach them into being the future stars of tomorrow.

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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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Jewish Muslim fundraiser nets £30k

By Pete StannersManchester’s Muslim Jewish Forum exceeded its own expectations by raising an incredible £30,000 for charity at very special celebration.

The forum, which rose the funds money for the victims of the Pakistan floods, beat its target by more than £10,00o at the Eid and Post Yom Kippur Gala.

The event, which was held at the Mere Golf Club on Sunday 26 September 2010, was attended by 600 people and featured variety of entertainment including a live Klezmer band, a ladies fashion show and children’s entertainment in the form of face-painting and a bouncy castle.

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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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Potter star’s scary family bailed

THE FATHER and brother of a Harry Potter actress have been bailed after being accused of threatening to kill her.

Abdul Azad, 54, and his son Ashraf, 28, reportedly said that they would murder 22-year-old Afshan, who plays Padma Patil in the wizard movies, after they found out she was dating a Hindu man.

The child star, who comes from a strict Bengali Muslim family from Longsight in Manchester, said that her father made threats against her life and her brother assaulted her and threatened her in her home on 21 May 2010.

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Amir Khan backs Andy Murray

AMIR Khan has said that Andy Murray can go all the way at Wimbledon this year.

The Bolton boxer, who is the current WBA World light welterweight champion, claimed that his “good friend” has got what it takes to beat Rafael Nadal in the men’s semi final later today.

“Watched Andy Murray get through to the semis and I wish him all the best against Nadal,” Khan wrote on his blog.

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