Islamic prayers keep new Council tradition

Kevin Snow20th February 2008

A new custom was upheld at a packed Full Council on Tuesday 19 February, as two Muslim residents led Members in prayer.

Council Chairman, Councillor Amrit Mediratta, said:

"We have a lovely new tradition in the Council of inviting followers of each of the major faiths in turn to lead us in prayer before the main meetings. As a Hindu I recognise the importance of inter-faith understanding and it was a great privilege to welcome Zahra and Suhaila Merali."

Councillor Mediratta with Zahra and Suhaila MeraliZahra Merali, from Carpenders Park, said:

"Councillor Mediratta recently attended an inter-faith event at Stanmore Mosque and we are honoured to be invited by him to lead prayers. We have a diverse community in Three Rivers and it's important to have inter-faith understanding, which is actually very strong in Three Rivers."

The February Full Council meeting is one of the largest of the year and sees the setting of the Budget and Council Tax level for the coming year.

Schools and other organisations wishing to invite Councillor Mediratta to speak on Hinduism can contact the Council on 01923 776611 or e-mail