The Muslim Council of Scotland met to
discuss Community Development
April 26th 2009
On Sunday 26 April the Muslim Council of Scotland organised a
high level seminar with members of its affiliates and
non-affiliates in Central Glasgow. Over 60 community leaders,
scholars, women and youth activists from across Scotland attended
the seminar which was chaired by the veteran community leader Mr
Bashir Maan and conducted by Sr Farkhanda Chaudhry.
In his key note speech Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, stressed the importance of working together to build a better society. He emphasised that one's religious and political identities do not clash, rather they create a mosaic in the society that gives strength local communities. He urged everyone to work from the grassroots to benefit all society.
Mr Zubair Malik MSC's Board member, then described how things have progressed within two years of the formation of the MCS. Detailing the challenges and opportunities he informed the audience how the MCS is now in the process of working with the Scottish government through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). He explained that MCS' role is not to replace existing organisations but to build relationships and improve understanding and communication between Muslim organisations, Non-Muslim organisations and the Government. Several other speakers, including Dr Salah Beltagui, spoke of their optimism the MCS has created. They promised that the MCS will always consult the community on issues that affect all and will remain politically and financially independent.
Sr Farkhanda Chaudhry ran a workshop on challenges and opportunities the MCS faces. The outcome from various groups will be used to develop future MCS strategies. Everyone expressed their enthusiasm to get positively involved in the work of MCS