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article imageMuslims to honor Queen, 135 years after honoring Queen Victoria

By Elizabeth Batt     May 9, 2012 in World
London - Under the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community motto: Love for All, Hatred for None, Muslims plan to converge on the Tower of London on May 13 to honor the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year.
One of the events the community will take part in is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee charity walk, a 10km hike which is expected to raise up to half a million pounds for the Queen's charities. While the charity walk is an annually-held event, organizers and participants plan to go the extra mile for Queen and country this Jubilee year and attempt to raise more than ever before.
Other participants in the charity walk are London Mayor, Boris Johnson, the Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP and a number of senior figures from a variety of charities. Accompanying them will be representatives from the Metropolitan Police force, the Armed Forces and several diplomats and parliamentarians.
The Ahmadiyya Community has also paid for 100 London buses to carry the message, "Congratulations Your Majesty!" But perhaps more surprising said the Muslim website Love for All Hatred for None, is:
The fact that the Ahmadiyya Community had sent a congratulatory message to Her Majesty Queen Victoria – some 135 yrs ago – to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. And even then, all those many years ago, the community marked the occasion by lighting up their Mosques many thousands of miles away from the UK.
And they plan to do the same for Queen Elizabeth, displaying the British flag on mosques that will be lit up across the UK on Jubilee weekend. Interfaith peace symposiums and dinners are also planned said the community, as are prayers for the monarch.
National President of the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mr Rafiq Hayat, said:
We share in the national pride and joy at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. As Muslims, we feel we are duty bound to serve Queen and country and we regard this as an important act of faith. Love for our country and its monarch is our Islamic obligation. It is with a tremendous sense of national pride and civic duty that we participate in this charity walk that provides a testament to our faith and sense of duty to Queen and country.
Founded in India in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community said it has been leading a peaceful revival of Islam. Established in the UK in 1913, the community built London’s first ever mosque in 1926 and now has one hundred branches across Britain. The organization says it wishes to revive true Islamic values and promote peace.
Queen Elizabeth II's reign has spanned 60 decades and she is second longest serving monarch after Queen Victoria. According to Diamond, during her reign, the Queen has given Royal Assent to more than 3,500 Acts of Parliament, met with 12 Prime Ministers and is currently the patron of over 600 charities. The Queen acceded to the throne on February 06 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI.
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