A critical reflection on the challenges of community building.

“…what is our community going to look for 10, 20 or even a 100 years from now? It’s about creating spaces that allow the core to be normal, and the normal to be core.” – Usama Canon

At the heart of our rapidly changing world, the very notion of community is evolving; and, like most of the world, at the heart of Muslim communities is an increasingly disenfranchised generation. What are the challenges of inspiring and instituting a communal spirit in our ever more inter-connected world? How best can we prepare the next generation of Muslims who inherit a world fraught with difficulties on every level?

The Leaf Network in association with Human Appeal presents in partnership with The Cordoba Foundation, City Circle, Beyond Boundaries, Faith Regen Foundation, Radical Middle Way, National Zakat Foundation and Rumi’s Cave:

A panel discussion reflecting on the very notion of what the Muslim community is and what we can do to help shape and move it in the best direction possible.

This interactive event seeks to specifically target change-makers, community leaders, activists and those involved in grassroots organisations. It will be a unique opportunity to critically evaluate where we are headed as a Muslim community and learn from best practice around the world.


  • Keynote address by Usama Canon (USA) (Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective, California)
  • Dr Husna Ahmad (Secretary General of the World Muslim Leadership Forum)
  • Farooq Murad (Secretary General of Muslim Council of Britain)
  • Muddassar Ahmed (CEO of Unitas Communications)
  • Dr Anas Altikriti (CEO of The Cordoba Foundation)


Date and time:  Saturday 10th August 2013, 1:00pm doors open for prompt 1:30pm start – (concludes 4:30 pm)

Venue: Al Manaar, The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre,
244 Acklam Road, London, W10 5YG

(Nearest Tube Station: Westbourne Park – Hammersmith & City Line).

Please click here for a map and directions to get there


Tickets: Click here  to RESERVE TICKETS

(please note we would not like anyone to be restricted in coming thus we offer a concessionary rate ticket for those under financial hardship. Should this not suffice, please get in touch and we’ll gladly arrange something on a case by case basis)

**Places are strictly limited, please reserve your place ASAP**

We sincerely hope you will be able to attend this distinctive gathering and bless us with your presence, insights and contributions. Please do let us know if you have any questions or queries.