Huddersfield Railway Station and St Georges Square, March 2010
Take a look at the new images of Huddersfield added to the Asian Voices website, including the new look St Georges Square, The Empire Cinema which was popular in the 1960’s and still stand today. Also see if you can see the symbols of the British Empire on the buildings which have been around since the 1800’s.
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Ramadham is the month in which the Holy Quran was sent down from heaven by the angel Gibrael (also know as Gabriel) for Muhammad to read and is the month in which all Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. There are exceptions for the sick, elderly and young, but many will observe the month of Ramadham (pronounced Ram-zaan) for the complete 29-30 days. Muslims go with out food and water during the daylight hours and this year they have been starting their fast from 4am to 8pm, to remember the poor and go through a process of self purification. Fasting enables Muslims to feel sympathy for one another and be grateful for what they have through the process of prayer and abstinence.
Ramdham is the ninth month in the lunar year and starts at the sighting of the crescent moon and continues for up to 30 days. This month is very special for Muslims as they believe the gates of heaven are open and they persevere with good deeds to gain self control and purification. During this month there is a ‘night of power’ on the 27 day of fasting; Muslims pray from the Quran during this night as they believe this night is better than any other, as during the time of the Prophet Muhammad angels were sent down to level one of heaven to pray for mankind.
The full moon then signals the celebration day of Eid-ul-Fitr in which Muslims start the day with Eid prayer from which celebrations commence. The day is often filled with feasting and visiting relations. The moon is used throughout the Islamic calendar to count days which was the Arab method during the time of the Prophet Muhammad.
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The British National Party (BNP) have gained their first ever seats in Parliament and despite their clear membership regulations, only allowing “indigenous British ethnic groups deriving from the class of Indigenous Caucasian descendents to join the party” cited Guardian 2009, the BNP now have a say in European policies. Britain is now an ethnically diverse country with ethnic minorities from all over the world and many British English are proud of their dual heritage.
After the Second World War immigration became visible with regards to the colour of a person’s skin, after the migration of hundreds of people from the West Indies and South Asia; this continued migration from all over the world became less and less visible with more recent migration from Europe and Poland and now immigrants are similar in appearance. The BNP policies of ‘indigenous Caucasians are questionable as even English heritage has its dilution of Jutes, Angles Saxons and Romans, from which the Angles and Saxons were from Denmark and Germany.
So how does the majority of Britain feel in relation to giving the BNP two seats in the European Parliament? Is this a sign of things to come for the ethnic minorities or is it just a political cry for help? How do the many South Asians, Irish, Europeans and others born and bred in Britain feel towards the notion of someone telling them to go home? Where is home – I though it was Britain. These residents, descending from migrants, have no other country other than Britain. This is their birthplace, culture and now heritage. Despite many having dual heritages; many have not seen the place where their parents or grandparents originate from so how can they be told to go back home?
Parliamentary seats going to the BNP are said to be a result of people not voting, let’s hope this is the case.
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