Story: Farhan Ahmed
On the 16th April an interfaith discussion took place at the Vestry Hall, bringing together faith organisations from Sheffield and Bradford to share ideas and good practice.
As part of the Youth Council Burngreave, I provided information on what commitments we have made as the voice of young people. I was inspired that night when Robert Beard, part of Interfaith Dialogue and Social Action, said, “having a good cuppa with a lovely Muslim throws out stereotypes.” Burngreave is the most multi-cultural, multi-faith, and multi-ethnic community – if this statement is applicable anywhere, then it’s here.
He went on to say, “The voluntary community faith sector is not recognised enough by the Government; we are worth billions… we provide homework clubs, care, education, health, support, activities, events and so forth.”
From Bradford the Nasiha organisation has a wealth of Islamic material which is taught in school and is widely available on their website (www.nasiha.co.uk). Sajid, the representative of Nasiha, noted that “people, especially in Muslim communities, find it difficult to blend their religion with the British society.” The key to integration from their perspective begins by “looking at our society in a positive way.”
After an evening of discussion, the Kashmir Curry Centre recharged our batteries with fantastic food and reunited us with the same beautiful taste of curry.
The Messenger is developing a section on its website about Burngreave’s faith groups and their activities (see Belief in Burngreave). If you would like to add information please get in touch on 242 0564 or firstname.lastname@example.org