Inter-faith cricket match brings together Havering’s myriad congregations

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 August 2018

Some of the players in Sunday's interfaith cricket match at Ardleigh Green Cricket Club. Photo: Sidra Naeem

Some of the players in Sunday's interfaith cricket match at Ardleigh Green Cricket Club. Photo: Sidra Naeem


Havering’s different faith communities came together for a spot of friendly competition this weekend.

On Sunday, August 19, members of the congregation of Havering Islamic Cultural Centre (HICC) and the Havering Inter faith Forum (HIFF) came together for a friendly Interfaith cricket match at Ardleigh Green Cricket Club, organised by Sidra Naeem (Islamic representative & secretary of HIFF).

The game was played with fantastic spirit, in a thrilling contest between mixed teams comprising of young people, dads, professional cricketers and an Imam.

The Interfaith team narrowly lost by only one run, with the game coming down to the last over. Members of all faith communities from the local area and beyond turned out to watch the match.

After team photos and the presentation of the winners’ trophy to HICC and runners up medals and a certificate for every player presented by Mrs Naeem, the afternoon was rounded off in style in the clubhouse with a delicious shared meal brought by all who were present.

The event proved a landmark in inter-faith relations and cooperation, and further cemented strong friendships and alliances between communities.

Tariq Mahmood (Team Captain of the winning HICC team) said: “The cricket match with a feast together afterwards was a great fun way of getting many faith communities together, fostering greater understanding and promoting multi-faith friendships.”

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