Kirkland Parks and Recreation, Police Sergeant, and Deputy Fire Chief Participate in Community Event
On October 29th, 2023, the Dawoodi Bohra community of Seattle came together at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, Washington, to pay tribute to the environmental vision of their global faith leader, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Together with Kirkland Parks and Recreation, who worked diligently to provide a beautiful venue and coordinate logistics, the community hosted a tree planting event. The centerpiece of this eco-conscious gathering was the planting of six Dogwood trees, each a symbol of global peace. Much like how trees are deeply rooted in the Earth, the Dawoodi Bohra community aspires to create an environment of interconnectedness where diverse communities can coexist harmoniously.
The event commenced with a group of 25 community volunteers, including men, women, and children of all ages, working enthusiastically to prepare the soil of the designated plot. Notable guests included Kirkland Fire Deputy Chief Bill Newbold and Kirkland Police Sergeant Brad Porter. Guests were welcomed with sweets, the traditional Dawoodi Bohra way of expressing hospitality. Murtaza Shakir, a community volunteer introduced the guests and provided a walk through of the events proceedings.
Nurturing Unity and Environmental Stewardship
Moiz Leelwala, president of the Seattle Dawoodi Bohra community addressed the gathering, expressing his heartfelt gratitude to all attendees for their support. He highlighted the significance of planting trees to the community, stating, “Let these trees be a living testament to His Holiness’s enduring legacy and be a reminder of our commitment to protecting the environment as part of our global Project Rise initiative”.
Deputy Chief Bill Newbold and Sergeant Brad Porter mingled with community members, expressing their admiration for the community’s commitment to preserving their traditions and culture while being modern and forward-thinking. Their presence at the event fostered a deep sense of connection between the community and local law enforcement.
Amidst the newly planted trees, community members and guests looked forward to a future where these trees would grow, offering shade and enhancing the beauty of Juanita Beach Park. Inspired by the famous Greek Proverb that a society grows great when “trees under whose shade we shall never sit.” are planted, the Seattle Dawoodi Bohra community aims to nurture and protect the environment whilst fostering unity and care in the world they inhabit, making Kirkland a better place to live, work, and pray.