Initiatives that help to provide direction in the Muslim Community in Britain are rare enough. But more rare are those which offer practical ways to shape a vision for the future. On Friday last week Muslim Aid was proud to be the sole sponsor of one such event run by the Muslim Council of Britain’s Youth committee.
The event marked the launch of ‘The Platform’, a blog which serves as an open internet platform for debate, discourse and discussion. The theme of the upcoming topics is Britain ten years on. It aims at envisioning and structuring progress and in the next six weeks writers from different backgrounds will be asked to submit their musings on issues as varying as civic participation and security.
Mojibul Islam head of the MCB’s youth committee was particularly clear about the project stating “…we need to provide a vision for the future through discussion”. Other speakers at the launch included Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson, Director of the Lokahi foundation who reflected that “I do not know what Britain’s going to be like in ten years, but I do know you are the one’s who are going to be deciding it.”
The evening was topped off with an inspirational speech by Dr Mohammed Abdul Bari, the MCB Chair who provided vision and wisdom for the platform moving forward.
Hamid Azad acting CEO for Muslim Aid said: “We remain committed to supporting initiatives that help to progress communities here in Britain and help to alleviate poverty and suffering across the world. Supporting this project will allow for us to have a direct impact on issues we consider our core area of work namely that of poverty and civic participation.”