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Muslim leaders take to social networks

Importance of using social media Credit: PA

More than 100 religious leaders and scholars will discuss how they can more effectively engage with young Muslims at a digital summit in Bradford today.

They will take part in a day of networking, presentations and workshops as they look at the ever changing nature of modern communication and the need for religious leaders to become effective in using new media to reach young Muslims.

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter will be at the event, in the Cedar Court Hotel, to provide expert analysis and training in social media.

How to tackle Islamophobia, how to maintain integrity of Muslim institutions and how to bridge the generational gap are among the issues said to be most affecting the Muslim community in the UK today.

Celebrations across region to commemorate Prophet's birth

Celebrations took place across the region to commemorate the birthday of the Islamic Prophet, Mohammed.

Members of the Muslim community in Sheffield came out to celebrate the founder of their faith's birth over 1,400 years ago, by processing through the city.

They were joined by dignitaries and representatives from other religions as part of the festivities.

In Leeds, a similar celebration took place, with people handing out roses as a symbol of peace, and a balloon release.

Hundreds gather in Bradford for Prophet Muhammad procession

Hundreds of muslims have gathered in Bradford this afternoon for an annual procession marking the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

Hundreds braved the rain in Bradford Credit: ITV News

The Bradford Mawlid Parade starts at Bradford Central Mosque at Westgate with all roads closed along the one mile route. Participants carry flags and sings chant praising the founder of Islam.


Warrant issued for arrest of vicar guilty of stealing £24,000 of church funds

A vicar who worked at a church in South Yorkshire has been found guilty of stealing £24,000 of church funds meant for weddings and funerals.

Simon Reynolds now lives in Farnham, Surrey, but did not appear before Sheffield Crown Court today for the verdict. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The money had been paid to him by families preparing for funerals and weddings at All Saints Church in Darton, near Barnsley.

Reynolds had denied four counts of theft between 2007 and 2013.

He was in court earlier but did not return for the verdict.

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