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    In London.......Muslims from all over Europe are celebrating 1400 years since Prophet Mohammed formed the?

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    GV INTERIOR of Grosvenor House with His Excellency Salem Azzam, Secretary General of Islamic Council speaking in English

    CU PAN Group Doctor Hashimi of Syria PAN TO Ali Pakistan of the Islamic Council Suhaib Hasam of Pakistan

    SV Turkish delegates

    CU PAN FROM Salem Azzam to the Moroccan Ambassador Badreddim Semoussi

    SV PAN FROM Mirror to group which includes Mohammed Khan who is speaking in English to other delegates

    CU Conference pamphlet showing picture of Golden Dome Mosque in Jerusalem

    AZZAM: "I have great pleasure in welcoming you this eventing to the launching of our programme for the Hijra. On this day, 14 hundred years ago, Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon Him) left Mecca for Medina where the first Islamic State was established. The Prophet's exodus (Hijra) from Mecca to Medina was a turning point in the history of Islam. Honourable guests--the term Hijra denotes a person's or a social group's migration from one place or physical environment to another, with the linguistic stress on the act of leaving the former in the hope of reaching a place or environment thought to be more or conducive to the moral and material well-being of the person or group concerned. Thus, the Hijra of the Prophet, which took place in the 622nd year of Christian era, was most prominently characterized by the positive, selfless expectation of moral good to come which inspired the Prophet and his followers."

    KHAN: "15 Century, you know, 15th century. And Islam contributions (indistinct) whole world, world has given. They are going to be presenting this programme for the whole year. It is not only for days or weeks or months but it will span all of the year. We will try to explain not only to the Muslim but other communities also and people from other religions also, from Christianity, from Judaism and others, to present what is Islam. In fact there are so many misrepresentations about Islam, especially in the western world."

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    Background: In London.......Muslims from all over Europe are celebrating 1400 years since Prophet Mohammed formed the first Islamic state. The European Islamic Council--an umbrella organisation for Muslim communities on the continent--marked the start of the New Year with a reception. It was attended by around 250 Islamic religious leaders and diplomats. They were given a break-down of the plans for the Islamic New Year by the Secretary General of the Islamic council in Europe, Salem Azzam.

    SYNOPSIS: The Reception--in London's Park Lane area--gave guests the opportunity to consider world problems. In two weeks (December 7) eminent Muslim scholars meet in London to consider an Islamic charter of human rights. And before that the British capital is to play host to delegates at an international Seminar on Jerusalem. Mohammed Khan, an Islamic Council member explains the year's timetable.

    The timetable of events begins early in December.

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