Morden mosque blaze: Worshippers resume prayers following fire

Prayers resumed at Morden Mosque today following a devastating fire last Saturday.

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fourth Caliph for the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, led the service at the Baitul Futuh Mosque.

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In a display of solidarity muslims, jews, sikhs, christians, police superintendents and Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh attended the service.

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Mrs McDonagh hailed today’s event saying it proved just ‘how strong the community is’ and hailed the amount of support the mosque has received from the area.

The Caliph’s message was one of hope and endurance in the face of suffering and highlighted that the fire had united the community.

According to the Caliph ‘Allah showed mercy’ by preventing further damage to the mosque and human loss.

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He said that some books and tapes were lost, and the main administrative offices destroyed, but the fire did not spread to the mosque itself.

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After the service, Hounslow councillor Hanif Khan stressed that it was ‘business as usual’ now that prayers have resumed.

Over the following months a lot of the reconstruction will be carried out by volunteers from the community including professional engineers, electricians and architects.

Two teen boys, 14 and 16, were held on suspicion of arson last week after the blaze broke out – the Metropolitan Police are not investigating the fire as a hate crime.

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