Manchester (United Kingdom): Besides free health checkup, books by Muslim authors and non-Muslim writers on Islam, and live cooking demonstrations and celebrity chefs a Muslim Lifestyle Expo (MLE) in Manchester is also providing for visitors a chance to see the sufferings of Palestinians in Gaza through 3D virtual goggles.
According to news agency Anadolu Agency, a charity stand has privided people an opportunity to see the full-scale destruction and poor living conditions in the Palestinian city of Gaza through 3D virtual goggles at the MLE – the Muslim Lifestyle Expo besides other activities.
Sara, one of the visitors at the expo, described the scene brought to her via latest technology used by Human Appeal.
She said she can see destroyed buildings and children with worn-out clothes in Gaza.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in June this year have entered their 11th year under a suffocating siege imposed by Israel.
The blockade dictates the day-to-day reality for people in Gaza, where Israel controls the borders, airspace, and waters.
Gaza’s isolation has devastated its economy, impoverished much of the Strip’s two million people, and left them without adequate electricity, water and health services.
Rauf Mirza, one of the organizers of Muslim Lifestyle Expo (MLE), said the event aims to “project British Muslim community a positive light”.
Speaking with Anadolu Agency, Mirza said they, as the MLE, “have tried for three years to project a more positive image about British Muslims by all moderate lifestyle aspects people enjoy”.
Mirza expressed satisfaction with the participants’ interest, adding that they have invited people from non-Muslim backgrounds as well to enjoy the richness of Islamic culture.
In the event, the Greater Manchester Police, Royal Air Force and Home Office opened their stands for recruitment; they also explained their project to community members.
In front of her artwork exhibited on white panels, artist Ranaaz Shahid spoke about how she was inspired by Islam itself while creating beautiful calligraphy portraits.
“I used Islamic geometry patterns. I see a lot of non-Muslims in my trips. There are people who want to learn about our culture, our religion and where all these Islamic geometry started from,” Shadid said.
The event brought together many Muslim entrepreneurs and communities from across the country.