Leicester Update October 2019

The Eat’n’Meet project was launched by ISB Leicester in November 2010 and has become well established. Guests who are homeless and destitute in Leicester receive a hot meal and support every Saturday at St James Church. There are a number of dedicated people from all faiths and none, of all ages from sixteen to pensioners who regularly volunteer for this project which is headed by Salma Ravat and Farhana Hajat.
Salma and Farhana went on to organise an annual Ramadan Food collection supported by ISB which is now in its 7 th year. This year, 9 tonnes of food was collected by the community and donated to FareShare who distribute it to homeless hostels, refugee and asylum seeker groups, foodbanks and many other places.

The Christian Muslim Ladies Dialogue Group meets every 6 to 8 weeks during term times. We have talks and discussions on topics such
as the role of women in the Church and Mosque, with Bishop Guli, the Bishop of Loughborough as a guest speaker. Raheema Caratella and Rev. Diane Johnson were invited to speak at Lambeth Palace on behalf of the dialogue group at a faith leaders event organised by the Christian Muslim Forum in March. A number of ladies from the group also attended and were delighted to a surprise visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Moonwalkers Youth Group was established by ISB Leicester in 2007 for children aged 5-11. It is a childrens’ after school club that meets every Friday during term time. Children at Moonwalkers enjoy a varied curriculum of arts and crafts, cookery, drama, trips, visitors and discussion making learning about Islam fun.

The end of each year is celebrated with the annual End of Year Performance and prize giving where families, friends and relatives come to see the children perform, sing songs and give speeches about what they have learnt at Moonwalkers. Many of the volunteers are Moonwalker Alumni. We were also pleased to be able to offer places to two Duke of Edinburgh students from local schools this year.

A weekly ladies study circle is held at an ISB member’s house during term time throughout the year. As well as covering a variety of topics from Qur’an tafseer and Seerah, we also look at current affairs and discuss topics that are of interest and relevant to our lives as Muslims living in Britain. The study circle has strengthened community ties and friendships and is a place where newcomers are always welcome.

Over the next year, ISB Leicester plans to continue the activities that have been mentioned above.
Seema Ahmad
Leicester Branch In Charge