Croydon's Ahmadiyya youths praised for "fantastic" Remembrance Day fundraising

Red army: Croydon Ahmadis raise thousands for Poppy Appeal

Red army: Croydon Ahmadis raise thousands for Poppy Appeal

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Croydon members of a religious minority’s youth group were singled out for praised by the Royal British Legion for their Remembrance Day fundraising.

Nearly 40 volunteers from Croydon were part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association’s poppy appeal drive on Saturday, October 30, and Monday, November 1, raising a total of £20,963.

Russell Thompson OBE, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion, said: "It is wonderful to have AMYA supporting us again this year.

“Not only are they providing us with a significant number of volunteer collectors for the Poppy Appeal, but they have also chosen the Legion as one of their charities of the year."

Ann Bedford, Poppy Appeal co-ordinator for London, added: “You guys are amazing. Thank you for all your support and for raising a fantastic amount of money for the charity”.

The Ahmadiyya community, a controversial religious minority sect because of its differing interpretation of beliefs from mainstream Islam, has also condemned the poppy burning ceremony which took place on Remembrance Day by an extremist group called Muslims Against Crusades.

Just three miles from the Cenotaph in Whitehall, protestors gathered in Hyde Park to burn a giant poppy during the two-minute silence, while chanting “British soldiers burn in hell”.

Abid Khan, from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat said: “This was a very sad incident that will have caused deep pain and regret to all decent and tolerant people.

“These protesters are happy to receive British citizenship and all the benefits and freedoms that go along with it and yet on the other hand they fail to respect or show any decency towards the people of this country.”

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8:23pm Sat 13 Nov 10

Malcolm Armsteen says...

Excellent work, and much more typical of Britain's Muslim citizens than the Islam4UK idiots. Thank you all very much, this will be much appreciated.
Excellent work, and much more typical of Britain's Muslim citizens than the Islam4UK idiots. Thank you all very much, this will be much appreciated. Malcolm Armsteen
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3:55pm Sun 14 Nov 10

ljr49 says...

Well done to this particular school, we should be so proud of them and as a member of the RBL myself am extremely grateful to them.
Well done to this particular school, we should be so proud of them and as a member of the RBL myself am extremely grateful to them. ljr49
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7:33pm Tue 16 Nov 10

Alm757 says...

Good to know that britain has such a careing community with them, Congratulation to Croydon community and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community together we can make a difference in Peace efforts
Good to know that britain has such a careing community with them, Congratulation to Croydon community and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community together we can make a difference in Peace efforts Alm757
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1:28pm Wed 17 Nov 10

kiershapiro says...

Interesting view on Rememberance Day here:

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yourface.blogspot.co
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Interesting view on Rememberance Day here: http://ortherantisto yourface.blogspot.co m/ kiershapiro
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