York Mosque says farewell to beloved
Imam Abid Salick
York Mosque says farewell to beloved Imam
York Press: https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19192609.city-says-farewell-imam-built-york-mosque/
Friday this week saw the last congregational prayer to be led by Imam Abid Salik, who, after 10 years in his role as the Imam of York Mosque & Islamic Centre, will follow in the footsteps of his recently departed father in taking up the responsibilities of Imam in his hometown of Hull.
A young Imam Abid Salik came to York at a time when the mosque and Islamic centre required expansion and improvements to the facilities which serve the tight knit Muslim community of the city. Imam Abid Salik was instrumental in leading and executing the £1.3m fundraising campaign to build York’s first and only purpose-built Mosque and Islamic Centre. Through dedication to the cause and rallying support both hands-on and financial from the community at large, Imam Abid Salik saw the project through to completion. For this and so much more, the Muslim community remain indebted to the Imam.
During his time in York, Imam Abid Salik has worked tirelessly to build meaningful and longstanding relationships with those that he has met with daily and with those in the wider community. His efforts to consolidate peace and harmony have seen him become involved in a plethora of initiatives. As deputy chair for York Interfaith, he regularly convened events with representatives of other faiths and prided himself in opening the doors of the mosque to all who wished to enter in whatever capacity. He famously offered tea and biscuits to supporters of an EDL march outside the mosque, showing his conviction in the power of peace. Through many such ventures, Imam Abid Salik was able to gain mutual respect and understanding from other public figures in the city who befriended him, including the late Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd, at whose invitation Imam Abid attended a Royal Garden Party.
Imam Abid Salik has concertedly supported the efforts of the charity York City of Sanctuary in helping to secure safe shelter for refugees. The York Mosque’s flood response in 2015 saw the community raise tens of thousands of pounds for emergency responses to crises both at home and around the world. Other campaigns have included raising awareness and funding to assisting aid for natural disasters as well as those that are created by man, namely conflicts and wars. More recently, the Imam has worked closely with schools in gathering food donations to be delivered to those in need in the time of COVID-19.
With his warm personality and never-failing determination, he has strived to build a rapport with anyone he met, young, old and everyone in between. A keen footballer, he used this as a way of building relationships with Muslim youths and has regularly taken part in UK Islamic Mission events (York Mosque is a branch of UKIM) to play with the teams locally, giving them a good run for their money! In his day-to-day role, Imam Abid Salik has led countless congregational prayers, funeral services, marriage ceremonies and children’s Quran classes. The many children he has schooled to read and learn the Qur’an and Islamic curriculum have benefitted immensely from the patience and good humour with which they have been taught.
Imam Abid Salik leaves behind a growing congregation, individuals, and entire families with whom he has made strong ties over the years. A leading public figure in the Muslim community, an esteemed friend and confidante, Imam Abid Salik can take pride in his achievements and his legacy that York residents will enjoy and hold dear for years to come.
On behalf of York Mosque and Islamic Centre and all those whose lives he has touched with great positivity, we take this opportunity to thank Imam Abid Salik with deepest gratitude for his commitment to his role and to all of us. Although it is with a heavy heart that we bid him farewell, we wholeheartedly support him in taking up such an important role at Hull Mosque & Islamic Centre where he goes on to fill the shoes of his father. In turn, his move challenges the City of York to find an Imam of the same calibre. It must be said that Imam Abid Salik will not be replaced easily, and his absence will be felt for a long time.
Imam Abid thanked the community of York by saying ‘I’m extremely humbled and thankful for all the love and support over the last 10 years. Long may it continue’.