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Mosques across the East open their doors in bid to teach people about Islam

Prayers at Peterborough Mosque this afternoon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mosques around the region have opened their doors to the public as part of a national initiative to encourage people to find out more about Islam.

Peterborough Mosque is among those taking part.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce misunderstandings about Islam. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The hope is that the scheme will help reduce misunderstandings about the religion.

Visitors will be able to witness evening prayers later and get an insight into what goes on there.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley


Ancient copy of Qu'ran donated to Muslim group

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A Muslim group in Norwich has been given a copy of the Qu'ran which survived the First World War 100 years ago.

The two books were rescued by a British soldier commanding the Sikh Battalion in what is now, Pakistan and brought back to Norfolk.

His daughter donated them to the group who will use the books to teach young muslims about religious tolerance.

"it's amazing that someone from another religion kept hold of it for 100 years. It's a real lesson for us to take from them to respect one another and repect our differences and our faith. But most of all respect our humanity. We are all one"

– Masoud Gadir, Norwich & Norfolk Muslim Association

Hertfordshire police recruiting more chaplains

Hertfordshire police wants to recruit more chaplains Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hertfordshire Police says it needs more chaplains.

It's now recruiting the volunteers who can be from any faith, to visit police stations and provide support to staff.

"Being a chaplain is a very privileged position and it is an honour to work among such fine people. I became a chaplain as I wanted to support and help the officers and staff who seek to keep us all safe."

– Chaplain Louis Spring, Lead Chaplain

Chaplains work closely with police officers and staff and are expected to conduct at least two visits to police stations each month.

This allows them to provide support and pastoral care to everyone in the force, regardless of their beliefs or faith.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the role and applying for the positions should contact Penny Brown on 01707 354 427.

Community leaders come together to respond to refugee crisis

Councillors have met with faith leaders to raise awareness and get aid for the refugees Credit: ITN

Luton Borough Council has met with some of the town's faith leaders to discuss ways they can respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Representatives from Mosques and churches joined with councillors to talk about how to collect clothes and equipment as well as accommodate those fleeing war.


Multi-million pound church and community hub opens

The C3 church is on Coldhams Lane in Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

The first Sunday service has taken place at a new multi-million pound church and community hub which has opened in Cambridge.

The 4 and a half million pound Christian church also known as the C3 centre is the first purpose built venue owned by the Cambridge Community Church.

As well as a church it's designed to be a venue for community groups across the city as well being the base for a food bank.

Inside the new multi-million pound church Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's been a long term goal most certainly here in the city to have this centre and the church has still gradually been growing, partly because of our engagement with the community. In some places across the country it would be true the church is declining, but not everywhere and that certainly hasn't been true for us. We think it's because of our engagement with the community, we're seeking to serve the city."

– Steven Campbell, Senior Pastor

Hundreds gather to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Norwich

Hundreds gather to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Credit: ITV Anglia

Hundreds of people gathered in Mousehold Heath in Norwich this morning to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

The festival which means, “festival of breaking the fast” in Arabic marks the end of Ramadan. It is a time to show kindness to others and love for Allah.

Eid al-Fitr lasts for one day, although some celebrations can last for up to three days.

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