On 27th September 2016, the Gloucester Muslim Welfare Association (GMWA) was awarded the prestigious ‘Queens Award for Voluntary Service‘ which is the highest honour awarded to volunteer groups in the UK and recognizes excellence in voluntary work carried out by communities.
The GMWA received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service from Lord-Lieutenant: Dame Janet Trotter DBE at Civic Council Chamber
So far, the Award has been given to 193 different community and volunteer groups across the UK. For the GWMA, the receipt of this award is testament to the fantastic work being done by members of the Muslim community in Gloucester for its wider community.
One of the leading figures at the GMWA is Imam Hassan Ghodawala who, alongside his duties as Imam at the Mosque is involved with a number of community projects, hosts regular school visits at the Mosque, provides support at local food banks, has built a strong relationship with Gloucester’s Christian leaders and the iconic Gloucester Cathedral and has been recognized for bringing innovative new approaches to his role as an Imam.
Upon receiving the award, Imam Hassan said,
“Gloucester Muslim Welfare Association officially received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service from Lord-Lieutenant: Dame Janet Trotter DBE at Civic Council Chamber last night.
May Allah accept the effort of all who have contributed in any way both past and present
It is also a time to remember our founder members who tirelessly worked for the benefit of our community to help us toward making this award possible.
May Allah (swt) forgive them and grant them Jannat-ul firdous آمين“
The achievements of the GMWA serves as a great example for Muslim community groups across the UK who can see the merit of their hard work being rewarded.