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People will be very proud of the children; Birkby mosque rallies round to help those less fortunate.

CHILDREN at a Birkby mosque have been putting out the welcome mat for others.

Youngsters spent the best part of a week gathering items to help those less fortunate.

An impressive array of goods will now be given to the Welcome Centre in Lord Street (right) which provides help for people in crisis. And a proud parent said the action was especially important in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Abdullah Patel, principal of the Masjid Umar mosque, said: "The donation of gifts is to create a link between the Welcome Centre and the mosque and the children who study here.

"We want the children to realise there are people out there with no home, no income. We aim to create awareness."

Gifts - such as food, toiletries, clothes and bedding - have been brought by youngsters who attend five evenings a week to study Arabic and Islam.

"As the week of giving progressed, it became quite hectic with lots of things being donated," said Mr Patel, adding that the scheme might become an annual event.

He said: "When the results of the week of giving go on social media, people will be so proud of the children, especially after the events in Paris. We don't accept this version of Islam at all. It does not represent us."

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Emma Greenough of The Welcome Centre (centre) with students of the Masjid Umar Mosque on Blacker Street, Birkby and some of the goods |donated for the charity

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 24, 2015
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