This was the theme of annual convention held by UK Islamic Mission on Sunday 14th August 2016, at the European Islamic Centre (EIC) Oldham, Greater Manchester. The event was attended by over 1000 people who had travelled from all over UK, from Portsmouth to Airdrie.
They were treated to talks by a number of high profile dignitaries, both Muslim and non-Muslim, who were representing mainstream bodies and organisations.
The location was the EIC, which was recently refurbished and has become a state of the art banqueting suite and conference hall, using the latest in audio visual technology and modern facilities.
A representative of Mosaic, a Princes charity, founded by HRH Prince of Wales, spoke about the power of positive thinking and work carried out by the charity with children from deprived backgrounds, inspiring them to realise their talents and potential. The UKIM is proud of its association with Mosaic as well as being a silver sponsor of Mosaic.
The Greater Manchester Police Crime Commissioner & Interim Mayor, Tony Lloyd spoke about working together & eradicating hate while the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, focused on equality and positive engagement among the people.
The director of Eden Houses, Ameena Blake, spoke about the challenges, such as islamophobia, facing the Muslim community and reminded the audience with examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and His companions on how to deal with issues and challenges Muslims face today.
The Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan, gave an update on how the MCB is working for the common good of society as a whole; encouraging individual Muslims and Muslim organisations to play a full and participatory role in public life.
Azad Ali, representative of Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) explained how their organisation is addressing the issues of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination in our society.
We were fortunate to have presence of the President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) who shared the American experience on how to get engaged with the local community and neighbourhoods for the common good. Furthermore, how important it is work together with different sections of society to bring betterment to the communities.
Dr Anas Altikriti, CEO, Cordoba Foundation, spoke of how he thought we could build a stronger Britain for All and how to work towards a fairer society, which has to be based on justice for all.
The highlight of the day was when a cheque in the sum of £20,000.00 (twenty thousand) was presented to Maddy Alton, who was the Community Fundraiser for Children with Cancer. The money was raised by the children attending UKIM supplementary classes throughout UK. This initiative taken by our newly formed UK relief department (iCare).
The atmosphere at the convention was very positive and many people spoke of how they were positively inspired having attended the event. Many remarked at the professionalism of the set-up and breadth and depth of the guest speakers, which were found to have been very motivating.
The UKIM is one of the oldest Muslim organisations in the UK, being established in in 1962. Since its humble beginnings it has grown to include around 36 mosques and centres across the country and carries out work in 3 main areas, helping improve community relations in the places they are based and improving understanding of the Islamic faith. Secondly, teaching the children that attend its supplementary schools the basics of the Islamic faith and finally, it is helping those in need around the world and here in the UK, Whether its helping out orphans, those suffering from the effects of drought and famine or simple those that need water. Recently the UKIM launched a new project which will focus on helping needy people here in the UK. This follows on from the good work done in helping those affected by the flooding in large parts of the UK such as the Somerset, York and Cumbria floods, running foodbanks and helping feed those less well-off and in need in our communities to helping children with cancer this Ramadan, where thousands were raised to help children with cancer.
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