Blackburn mosque bereavement team win Best Volunteer award

A bereavement team leader at a Blackburn mosque has been honoured for his volunteering efforts at a national awards ceremony.

Mohammed Ali Dhorat and his team at the Masjide Noorul Islam, Audley Range, were named Best Mosque volunteers at the annual Beacon Mosque Awards, which this year were held at the Werneth Suite in Oldham

The awards recognise the contribution of mosques, madrassahs, imams, alimahs (female teachers) and volunteers across 11 categories.

Mr Dhorat is dedicated leader of the bereavement team at Masjide Noorul Islam.

His team’s volunteer work is essential for facilitating all community funerals, coordinating with hospitals, doctors, coroner’s offices, cemetery offices, and local and out-of-town funeral groups for prayers.

The team has also made a profound difference in the lives of bereaved families. The volunteers offer loved ones valuable time off, allowing them to have time to themselves. This respite is invaluable during times of grief.

The volunteers also engage in mentoring and encouraging young people to devote themselves to a community service.

This mentoring ensures a dedicated generation of volunteers to continue this essential work.

Shear Brow and Corporation Park’s Cllr Suleman Khonat said “I am so pleased that they have won this fantastic award, which is truly deserving. 

“I had the benefit and pleasure in working with the Nurul Islam team during the Covid period and for many years before that, as they play a fantastic role in the local community. 

“This award is a token of appreciation to the entire team.”

Original article by Lancashire Telegraph (Link)