Book of condolences open at Blackburn Nursery

A Blackburn nursery has opened a book of condolences for anyone wishing to share memories of Her Majesty The Queen.

Parents, pupils and staff have left messages of condolence at the Palm Tree Nursery, based on St Silas Road.

The Book of Condolences is based at the Amanah Wellness Center, which hosts a number of Islamic-inspired exhibits.

It came as some madressas in Blackburn announced they would be closed following Monday’s announcement as a public holiday.

Director Noreen Hameed said there had been a steady stream of people who had come to pay their respects.

She said: ‘We just wanted to be able to pay tribute to the Queen and share our thoughts on the Queen’s passing.

“People came throughout the morning to leave their messages.

“Children from the nursery also participated and we had an assembly talking about the Queen.

“Anyone wishing to go to the crèche to leave their messages can do so between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m..”

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On Monday, some Islamic schools and madressas announced they would be closed.

The Abu Hanifah Foundation and Unity Madrassah, based at Preston New Road in Blackburn, will be closed, while other community organizations and charities will also observe the holiday in line with schools.

Earlier this week, Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, wrote to King Charles III to express the council’s “deepest condolences” to Her Majesty and the Royal Family.

Zara Mohammed said: “Queen Elizabeth II has set the tone and tenor of modern Britain and has played a laudable role in upholding the freedom to practice faith, welcoming those of all faiths and from none.

As admirers of Islam and friends of Britain’s Muslim communities, we know that Your Majesty will carry on this legacy.

In a tribute, Zara Mohammed said: “Her Majesty’s reign has seen extraordinary changes in our country. Over seven decades, the UK has transformed into a multicultural and multi-faith society.

“Her Majesty was the first monarch to engage with newly established Muslim communities here in the UK. Although Britain’s first mosque was seen in Victorian times, the Queen was the first monarch to visit a mosque Britain during its Jubilee celebrations in 2002. Audiences at events and ceremonies hosted by the Royal Family reflect Britain’s diversity.

Dora W. Clawson