Grantham‘s Muslim community celebrates the end of Ramadan with civic dignitaries

The celebration of the Islamic holiday Eid-ul-Fitr at Carlton Scroop.
The celebration of the Islamic holiday Eid-ul-Fitr at Carlton Scroop.

Members of Grantham Muslim Community Association and guests met in Carlton Scroop and, inset, Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten receives a bouquet of flowers from Huda Mufti .

The Grantham Muslim Community Association (GMCA) celebrated the Islamic holiday Eid-ul-Fitr at Carlton Scroop, together with the Mayor of Grantham Councillor Linda Wootten and her husband Coun Ray Wootten, who accepted an invitation to join the community members in the annual Eid-ul-Fitr dinner.

Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten receives a bouquet of flowers from Huda Mufti at the celebration of the Islamic holiday Eid-ul-Fitr at Carlton Scroop.

Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten receives a bouquet of flowers from Huda Mufti at the celebration of the Islamic holiday Eid-ul-Fitr at Carlton Scroop.

The evening opened with a verse read from the Holy Quran in Arabic and its translation given in English, followed by a few words given by Dr Othman, a prominent member of the community, welcoming the mayor and councillors.

After dinner, the mayor and her deputy, Coun Mike Cook, gave a short speech expressing their appreciation in allowing them to join in the annual dinner celebrations and enjoyed meeting and engaging in conversations with GMCA members. The evening was drawn to a close by Dr Shafqat Abrar, one of the trustees of GMCA.

Other members of the district council to attend the celebration were Coun Jacky Smith, Coun Rosemary Kaberry-Brown and Coun Lynda Coutts.

Coun Wootten said: “It was a pleasure to be invited to the Grantham Muslim Community Association Eid party. I was treated with the greatest of respect regarding my role as Mayor of Grantham and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking to all the guests.

“I have congratulated Dr Abrar on his wisdom for bringing our two cultures together.”