ENGAGE kicks off empowerment strategy in Blackburn
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Tuesday November 04 2008
ENGAGE delivered its first community presentation in Blackburn on Sunday 2 November. Almost 1,400 people, men and women, attended the presentation with up to 100 volunteers signing up to form a local team dedicated to pursuing ENGAGE’s objectives of fair and accurate media coverage on Islam and enhanced Muslim political participation.
The presentation was delivered in two parts, the first focusing on conditions in Britain that have created and sustained high levels of Islamophobia. The second part focused on practical solutions to reversing the prevalence of anti Muslim prejudice in the media and the low levels of political involvement.
The presentation received unanimous support from senior Muslim scholars in Blackburn with Mufti Shabir and Mufti Abdul Hamid both saying a few words of support for ENGAGE and its objectives of putting British Muslims at the heart of media and political debate on Islam and the Muslim presence in Britain through increased and effective participation.
The event was supported by mosques from different schools of Islamic thought with the ENGAGE programme being announced in almost every mosque in Blackburn, irrespective of ideological stance.
It is this degree of unity and common purpose that ENGAGE hopes to foster in Muslim communities across the UK. The next community presentations will take place in Bolton and Preston. Check ‘ENGAGE in the Community’ for further details.
If you would like to help us organise an event in your area, please drop us an email on [email protected]