On Sunday I went to the Losing my Religion Conference organised by MEND Community, which stands for Muslim Engagement & Development. This week I will be writing a few blog posts regarding the messages delivered by the different speakers and how they inspired me on the lead up to Ramadhan and the election.
This first blog post is a on my thoughts as a first time visitor to an Islamic Conference of this magnitude.
The speakers were Sr Maryam Amir Ebrahimi, Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah, Shaikh Yasir Qadhi, Shaikh Omar Suleiman, Professor Tariq Ramadan, Peter Osbourne, Sr Shenaz Bunglawala and Nouman Ali Khan. There were guest appearances by victims and activists against Islamophobia, Saffiyah Khan and Saira Zafar, who stood up against the EDL a few weeks ago, Maz Saleem, whose father was stabbed to death on his way home from Isha prayer by a Ukranian Noe-Nazi terrorist.
The conference was held at the Excel London and was attended by 4000 people of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, races and religions.
A lot of emphasis was put on inclusion and integration and actively participating in British society.
All the speakers were well spoken made compelling, valid and thought provoking points.
It is great to go to a conference where everyone is present for the same purpose.
Wonderful to see so much diversity.
The food being served by the restaurants throughout the venue was Halal and varied.
The conference was well planned and laid out, with many volunteers ensuring everything ran pretty smoothly.
The stalls were interesting and considering this was the first conference of this scale organised by MEND, I am can’t wait to see what next year’s brings.
I came out of the conference feeling hopeful for the future of muslims living in the UK.
In sha Allah tomorrow I will be posting about Being active in Society, the main message being put across by speakers and Mend. In the meantime if you want further reading please visit the MEND Community website on the here.
Please comment with any questions or details you want me to expand on.