Mr Mohammed Aslam, a local community champion and avid interfaith supporter, passed away in June this year.
He was one of the founders of the Gravesend and Dartford Muslim Association and the Kent Muslim Welfare Association.
His motto in life was not just to be there for the Muslim community, but to help other communities and work together as one.
Mr Aslam was a key figure in fostering long-standing and fruitful partnerships.
From the likes of the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara and multiple local Churches, he worked with a variety of faith institutes to promote interfaith connections.
Mr Aslam’s family, supported by the KECC, felt that Interfaith Week served as the ideal time to reflect and commemorate the life of an individual of saw faith as a means of connecting people rather than separating them.
Dignitaries and faith leaders alike spoke at the event around themes of unity and solidarity, celebrating Mr Aslam and Inter-Faith Work in Gravesham.
Gurvinder Sandher MBE DL the CEO of Kent Equality Cohesion Council who hosted the event commented,
“I believe that National Interfaith Week was the perfect setting to not only remember a local pillar of the community but also talk about religious tolerance and everything that brings us together through faith. Mr Aslam for one, was an individual who stood for everyone, he championed their right practice their faith freely and see the tenants in each religion that brought us together. He supported the local Gurdwara and Churches and fundraised for various relief campaigns and causes regardless of faith. He was truly selfless and generous and I am proud that we were able to honour him in such a manner.”
Ejaz Aslam, Mr Aslam’s son, seems to be on the path to following in his father’s footsteps as he is in the making of being a great community leader.