Manchester City Council

Prayers take place close to arson-hit Islamic Centre

A prayer vigil will take place on Friday 21 July near to the site of an Islamic Centre which was hit by an arson attack.

This will take place in Brookdale Park, Newton Heath, near to Nasfat Manchester Islamic Centre in Regent Street at 1.30pm for a special sermon and Friday prayers. 

It will feature members of the centre’s community and local ward councillors and representatives of other faith groups have also been invited.

Adewale Okunubi, Branch Chairman of the Nasfat Manchester Islamic Centre, said: "On behalf of our organisation I want to say thanks to everyone attending and for the support not just from within the Muslim community but from all Mancunians. Also to thank the police, council and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. I want everyone not to be deterred by the actions of whoever committed this outrageous crime." 

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We have been working , along with ward councillors, with the Islamic Centre and the local community to support them and ensure the centre can continue to operate in the area. This walk will underline that the horrendous arson attack will not stop Manchester people going about their daily lives and this is, and will remain, a city of peace.”  

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