Stephen Timms MP was presented yesterday with a painting by twelve children fromThe Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque, Forest Gate.  The picture is of Joseph and Pharaoh – a story which is found in both the Bible and the Koran – and it was presented to Mr Timms in the House of Commons.

The group attend the Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque every evening to take part in its education programme.  Once a week, the boys have an art class, where, in recent months they painted their picture of Joseph.  They were accompanied to the presentation by their art teacher, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, who has taught a unique art class at the mosque for the past six years, and by mosque leaders.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Timms said: “It is a great painting which will brighten up my office and I am very thankful to the boys for it. It was a real pleasure to welcome the boys from the Minhaj-ul-Quran, and some of their teachers, to the House of Commons.  I plan to remove a rather boring and underused notice board so I can replace it with this colourful painting!”

AuthorStephen Timms