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Pilgrimage 2009

west London Islamic Centre sign

West London Islamic Centre
Brownlow Road


 

Islamic prayer clocks

Islamic prayer clocks
West London Islamic Centre


 

West Ealing Hindu Centre

Arriving at
West Ealing Hindu Centre
Argyle Road


 

West Ealing Hindu Centre

Explanation at
West Ealing Hindu Centre


 

On the bus

Pilgrimage 2009
Travelling to
Rayners Lane

 

Westminster Interfaith Newsletter

Issue 62 – July 2009

 

Pilgrimage – West London venues

 

We met at West Ealing Station at 9.30 am. There was a group already there of about 30 pilgrims, including Alfred Agius, with some trainee Roman Catholic Deacons, some with their wives.

We went straight to the West London Islamic Centre and Jamia Mosque, where we were warmly greeted by three Imams and representatives of the local Islamic community, as well as more pilgrims, who had arranged to meet us there.

We were immediately treated to a lavish breakfast of boiled eggs, croissants, fruit juices, tea and coffee and plenty of fresh fruit. When we had finished eating and drinking and talking to old friends and new people, Imam Anayatullah opened the visit with a beautiful and appropriate prayer from the Qur'an, followed by a most enlightening and entertaining explanation of Islamic prayer and practices by Imam Inram.

Then he and Imam Inam took us around the mosque and cultural centre and introduced us to some of the children in the Islamic school. It was a really good visit, with wonderful hospitality, appreciated by everybody, but we had to go on.


 

We walked through the housing estate and went over 'Jacob's ladder', a footbridge over the railway. On the way, we were stopped by passers-by asking us what we were doing and where we were going. It was a pleasure to stop and talk. We soon arrived at the Vande Mataram Bhavan, where the Arya Samaj community were waiting for us, outside what used to be an old Anglican church. We all gathered inside where we were offered refreshments and some interesting and enlightening talks on the Hindu faith. There were also pamphlets to take away. We then went into the temple for a prayer offered by the resident priest, Ramchandra Shastri.

We almost filled Bus 297. There was a real buzz of excitement on the bus. Everyone was happy and sharing their experiences of the morning. It had been a really good pilgrimage so far. We caught the Piccadilly line to Rayners Lane and the Zoroastrian Centre, where a tremendous welcome awaited us.

Jon


Zoroastrian Centre

Welcome at
Zoroastrian Centre

See also Pilgrimage for Peace
Pilgrimage – Central London venues
Pilgrimage – North London venues
Pilgrimage – Afternoon venues

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Pilgrimage 2009

west London Islamic Centre sign

Breakfast and information
West London Islamic Centre


 

west London Islamic Centre sign

Farewells at
West London Islamic Centre


 

West Ealing Hindu Centre

Arriving at
West Ealing Hindu Centre
Argyle Road


 

Hindu Priest Praying

The Priest Prays
West Ealing Hindu Centre


 

Zoroastrian Centre

Arriving at
Zoroastrian Centre
Alexandra Avenue

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