MYGRATION

Latif Khan

Latif Khan was born in Pakistan and moved to Slough in 1963. He spent many years working for the bus station in Slough and also spent time as a counsellor and was the first Muslim Mayor of Slough in 2005.

This photograph shows Slough High Street, near Church Street - showing many shops on the high street which are no longer there including Williamson's Bakery and Suters department store.

In the 1980s the Marystrong Church on Stoke Poges Lane, which was once used by the Welsh Congregational Church, was purchased by members of the Muslim Community in Slough and converted into a Mosque.

As the Muslim community in Slough grew, the old building was pulled down and construction for a new, purpose-built Mosque began in 1999. The new building was called the Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre and the official opening took place in 2001.

Eid al Fitr

The end of Ramadan is marked with a celebration called 'Eid ul Fitr', the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.

During this festival, Muslims thank Allah for the help and strength that he gave them throughout the month of Ramadan.

The festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky. Eid is also a time of forgiveness and making amends.

During Eid ul Fitr celebrations gifts are given to children and people wear their finest clothes and spend time with their family and friends.

Money is also given to charity so that those less fortunate are able to buy new clothes and food so they too can celebrate.