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Hopes for Hindu Community Centre in Maidenhead still alive

Hopes for a potential Hindu community centre in Maidenhead are still high after the Hindu Society of Maidenhead announced it was thinking of submitting a new application.

A planning application for the land next to Boulter’s Lock car park was first submitted in early 2017 by the society. However, the application was rejected by the council in July 2017 after the HSM failed to show that the great crested newts were absent and that they had considered other sites that were at less risk of flooding.

The proposal of the centre has been opposed by several local residents, some of whom who have previously told me that it would cause too much congestion in the area.

Council leader Cllr Simon Dudley who’s ward includes the Boulter’s Lock area has instead offered the Hindu Society a site at the redevelopment project on St Cloud Way, Maidenhead. He had opted to submit a planning application to extend the existing car park at Boulter’s Lock.

However, the Hindu Society of Maidenhead is optimistic, with the leader Chander Malhotra telling the Maidenhead Advertiser that he is “100 per cent confident” that the society will be granted planning permission, following the submission of a new application.

If built, the centre will be a prime location for the Hindu community to meet together regularly.

(Research: https://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/gallery/maidenhead/140551/hindu-society-insist-boulters-lock-centre-plans-not-dead-while-council-leader-compares-it-to-the-dodo.html).

Open Day at Maidenhead Mosque!

Maidenhead Mosque is hosting an open day on Sunday 5th February 2017. The mosque, based in Holmanleaze will take part in the Visit My Mosque Initiative alongside over 150 other mosques across the country.

Visit My Mosque is a national initiative, first started in 2015 by the Muslim Council of Britain. Its aim is to bring non-Muslim communities together to learn about the history of Islam and the Muslim way of life.

The event will feature guided tours of the mosque, exhibitions and posters educating visitors about the Islamic religion, prayer demonstrations and an opportunity to ask scholars questions.

Please come and join us. It really gives the Muslim community the opportunity to educate people about Islam and breakdown any misconceptions. The event will take place between 2-4pm. Email info@maidenheadmosque.org to attend.

The Festival of Holi

With the festival of Holi fast approaching on Wednesday 23rd March 2016, it’s time to take a look at what the festival of Holi is, what why it is celebrated and how long the tradition has been running for.

What is Holi?

Holi is known as the Festival of Colour and is celebrated to welcome the arrival of spring. It usually takes place in March over a two-day period. It is a celebration of love, life, colour and good defeating evil.

What happens on Holi?

There are two parts to the festival of Holi.

The first is Holika Dahan. This happens the night before Rangwali Holi. Paying homage to the religious scriptures in which the Hindu God Vishnu helps burn the Devil Holika, wood and Dung-cakes are burned to signify good defeating evil.

During Rangwali Holi, people through coloured powders and water on each other. This is mainly done in India and Nepal.

What are the origins of the festival?

According to the BBC, Holi is the celebration of the Hindu God Krishna, the Devil Holika and Prince Prahlad. Some religious scholars believe the origins of Holi lie with the Hindu God Krishna. He was known as a mischievous young boy who threw coloured water at the milkmaids.

Bonfires are also lit at Holi to commemorate the story of Prince Prahlad which represents good overcoming evil. The story of Prahlad is seen to symbolise good overcoming evil and is why traditionally bonfires are lit at Holi. The story states that Prince Prahlad’s father, the king wanted everybody to worship him. However, Prahlad refused and decided to worship Lord Vishnu instead. Holika, the king’s sister, who was immune to fire, tricked Prahlad in sitting on her lap so he would be destroyed. However, because her powers were used for evil, Prahlad emerged unharmed, and she was submerged in flames.

Research Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/hinduism/holi.shtml.

Why is Holi celebrated?

Holi is a time when family, friends, and the Hindu community come together to dance, share meals, celebrate life and love and throw colour. According to The Independent, it is said that caste and ethnicity are put aside at this time; however, this is widely debated.

From a religious standpoint, the festival is celebrated to burn the devil Holika. However, according to an urban legend it is also seen to commemorate the story of Radha and Krishna. Krishna and Radha were lovers, however, Krishna was self-conscious of their differing skin colours. So he decided to playfully paint Radha’s face to make it the same colour as his. According to tradition, lovers repeat this ritual annually on Holi.

Research Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/holi-2018-festival-of-colours-india-facts-hindu-celebration-what-is-it-why-celebrated-a6947721.html.

Holi in Maidenhead

The Hindu Society of Maidenhead host 12 religious events per year, including Holi. Join the society this Holi for a day of celebration, religious activities and food.

Find more information at: http://www.hindusocietyofmaidenhead.co.uk.

 

The celebration of Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha, otherwise known as the festival of sacrifice, is the second most important holiday in the Muslim calendar. This year it will begin on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 and end on Sunday 27th September 2015.

Why is Eid al-Adha celebrated?

 The occasion is marked to remember the Prophet Ibrahim’s compliance when God ordered him to sacrifice his son.

Origins of Eid al-Adha

 Eid al-Adha originates from the story of the Prophet Ibrahim. Allah (God) appears before Ibrahim in a dream, asking him to sacrifice his only son Isma’il in a bid to show his dedication to God. However, the devil tempted Ibrahim telling him that if he disobeys Allah his son will be spared. Entirely devoted to Allah, just as Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to slaughter instead.

How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?

 Eid al-Adha is celebrated in many ways. It usually begins with Muslims attending prayers at their local Mosque, dressed in their best attire in order to thank Allah for their blessings. It is a time when family, friends and the community come together and those who can afford it sacrifice a sheep in the name of the Prophet Ibrahim. In the UK, this is only done in a slaughterhouse. The meat is then shared out amongst everybody and given to the poor and less fortunate. As a time for giving and helping, Muslims also give aid, food and money to the poor and homeless in their area. This Eid al-Adha, me and my family will again be giving out food and aid to the homeless community in Maidenhead.

Please donate, if you can to charity during this period.

Research Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/islam/eid_haj.shtml

 

The celebration of Eid al-Fitr

Friday 15thJuly 2015 will mark the beginning of the annual period of Ramadan. Over 30 days 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. The period will end when the moon is seen on Saturday 18thJuly 2015, with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

Festivities will run over a three-day period and will see Muslims hosting family/community events and feasts, holding prayers and donating to charity. I and my family will use the period to give out food parcels and aid to the homeless community in Maidenhead.

When did Eid al-Fitr start?

 Eid al-Fitr was first celebrated in 624 by the great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his friends and family after the battle of Jang-e-Badar was won.

 Why is Eid al-Fitr celebrated?

The occasion was first celebrated to not only mark the end of the fasting period but also to thank Allah (God) for giving them the strength and self-control to fast for the entire month.

Please donate, if you can to charity during this period.