Press Release: The Inspired by Muhammad Campaign

Press Release: The Inspired by Muhammad Campaign

The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) welcomes the launch of the Inspired by Muhammad Campaign, featuring ordinary Muslim professionals who contribute positively to Britain’s prosperity whilst being inspired by the role played by Islam and its final Messenger, Muhammad in their lives. This Campaign comes on the back of the findings of a YouGov poll published this week, highlighting misconceptions held by large sections of the British public linking Islam with terrorism, repressing women, among other things.

 

The Chief Executive of TCF Anas Altikriti said ‘the YouGov findings highlight a gap in perceptions about what people think about British Muslims and what they really are.  Challenging this publicly in the media is a welcome-sign since as the poll suggested; most of the information obtained by the public on Islam was from the mainstream media. That is why we support the Campaign’

 

TCF welcomes adverts about the campaign placed across the city in tube stations, bus stops, bill boards, and on London taxis which highlight Prophet Muhammad’s universal teachings about caring for the environment, gender equality, and social justice.

 

For more information, please click here

 

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Notes to editors

  1. For further information,  please contact Amjad Saleem, Head of Communications on 020 89913372 or media@thecordobafoundation.com
News Item: Documentary Launch – I’lm a Muslim and the BNP Got My Vote

News Item: Documentary Launch – I’lm a Muslim and the BNP Got My Vote

This documentary will reveal how and why public opinion and engagement with the political process in the United Kingdom has changed with more and more people becoming disengaged and apathethic.

 

The documentary will ask the question: ‘How much are Muslims and Ethnic Minorities in Britain contributing to the rise of the BNP?’

 

Designed to be launched on the night before the election, the  documentary aims to inspire action and get  people involved where they can have a voice and CAN tip the scales thereby ensuring that the sacrifices that our elders undertook to make a place for us in society is not undone.

 

Produced by: Tre Azam

 

‘We owe it to our elders, our children and ourselves to do what we can to have more of a say in the country we love and live in’  

 

Directed by: Abid Mahi

 

‘People all over the world to this day are dying for the right to vote and the right to a fair and democratic society.  Every year, hundreds and thousands of people including Muslim Brits choose not to vote in local and general elections, yet get angered and shocked with the rise of groups such as the BNP’

 

Executive Producers: The Cordoba Foundation

 

‘We can not be passive observers as policies and futures are shaped.  Voting is one of the most important means of being at the heart of society’  (Anas Altikriti, CEO)

 

The documentary will be aired on 5th May 2010 at 8pm on Islam Channel (Sky 813)

 

For more information, please click here

News Item: Muslim Power 2010

News Item: Muslim Power 2010

The Cordoba Foundation is pleased to announce that its CEO Anas Altikriti has been selected in the inaugural issue of the Muslim Power List 2010

 

Commenting on his selection, Anas said ‘It is humbling to be included in such a diverse list of unique and talented individuals that are a reflection of the best that the British Muslim Community can offer.  To be nominated by members of the public is an honour’

 

The Muslim Power List for the United Kingdom has been launched this year to demonstrate the important contribution that Britain’s Muslim community makes to the social, financial and spiritual prosperity of the UK.

 

For further information, please contact the Muslim Power List

Muslim Voters Come of Age

Muslim Voters Come of Age

Whatever the outcome of the election on May 7th, as HA Hellyer recently wrote on Cif, Muslims around the country are likely to play a significant role in influencing the outcome of dozens of seats. The second largest faith community, which constitutes no more than 4% of the total population, has come of age and become quite astute in dealing with the elections according to interests, priorities and concerns, many of which are shared by a majority of the British people.

Event Report: Meeting on Tackling Community Concerns

Event Report: Meeting on Tackling Community Concerns

On the 20th of April, The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) facilitated a public meeting between the Hammersmith and Fulham Council (and related public service providers) and members of the Moroccan community, following the tragic murder of  17 year old Sofyen Belamouadden, a 3rd generation Moroccan  who was stabbed to death  in broad daylight in Victoria Station as part of a suspected gang ‘turf war’ battle.

 

TCF were invited by the community as independent facilitators to initiate a dialogue between the local authority and members of the Moroccan community who despite there being a large number living around North Kensington, feel that they are marginalised because of the ignorance about them, a fact that was further highlighted by one of the local authority officials who admitted he was unaware of the numbers.The meeting which was mainly attended by mothers (including the family of Sofyen) voiced concerns about the safety of the youths on the street.

 

Mothers repeatedly echoed the view that ‘they were not comfortable when their children left home because they were not sure whether their children would be stopped by the police or be attacked by gangs’.Members at the meeting highlighted the following as key concerns for them:

 

 

1)  Children of Moroccan origin are over represented in the youth criminal justice system.

 

2) The current ‘Children & Young People Services’ were not adequate in meeting the needs of the young people.

 

3) The current extracurricular and youth activities were not accessible by the whole community thereby leaving youth with a lot of time on their hands and falling prey to bad elements.

 

4) A lack of communication between the authorities and parents due to miscommunications on both sides.

 

5) A lack of basic security systems (such as CCTV not working properly)

 

 

All this was leading to ‘a climate of fear in London’ according to one community outreach worker who urged ‘A government response to the problem even to the level of establishing an emergency response team to deal with the matter’.

 

Commenting on the meeting, the CEO of TCF Anas Altikriti said, ‘Meetings like this give you an insight into the issues faced on a daily basis by youth and their families.  Understanding the failure to address concerns of services for the youth are important because these are often some of the catalysts for extremist and anti social behaviour’

 

 

The meeting came up with practical steps that would be taken by the local authority and the community (with support from organisations such as London Citizens, Street, Al Mannar Centre) to bridge the gap of miscommunication and identify ways of meeting the needs of the community including setting up mentoring programs and establishing more liaisons between the police and the community.

 

What was particularly striking was that though some of the concerns raised were directly related to the Moroccan community they were also generic to other parts of London.