PRESS RELEASE: Event at Edgbaston Stadium, discussing Islamophobia and RacismAssima Alam
In this year’s Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM), Green Lane Masjid with the University of Birmingham and hosting partners Edgbaston Stadium, are launching a public event titled ‘Islamophobia and Racism’. The event will be held on the 11th of December at the iconic Edgbaston Stadium, hosted by Sajid Varda (Writer and Broadcaster) with speakers including Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, MP Naz Shah, street artist Mohammad Ali and others.
With recent Islamophobic stories transpiring from cricket’s Azeem Rafiq to football racism scandals, IAM has been welcomed by many organisations and politicians. Last week Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, MP for Labour Tooting, gave a heartfelt speech on her personal experience of Islamophobia, whilst other MPs like Afzal Khan have urged the government to adopt the APPG definition of Islamophobia.
Latest Home Office figures reported 45% of all hate crimes in the UK, was targeted towards Muslims. Here in Birmingham, in 2013, an 81-year-old pensioner was brutally stabbed to death on his way home from Green Lane Mosque, by a man who later went on to plant 3 bombs outside other mosques in the area. In Leicester, 2017, a mother was run over several times in a horrific hate crime that left her with life-changing injuries.
In light of the concern, Green Lane Mosque is keen to proactively tackle the problems that affect communities. The first in this series of events aims to educate the community on current societal challenges and how as a community, work can be done to tackle and overcome these.
Mohammed Saeed, Chair of Trustees at Green Lane Masjid commented:
“Though IAM is drawing to end, it is important that conversations continue around hate crime. The masjid plays a large role in the community. Our aim is for positive change, in the most positive manner, as taught by our faith.”
The event is open to all via registration, to book please visit: https://conference.underthelens.uk
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre is a leading UK mosque situated in the heart of Birmingham serving the community since 1979. Operating from its award-winning grade II listed Victorian building, GLMCC fulfills its mission of inspiring, educating and serving through its educational college, outreach work, welfare services, international humanitarian wing, as well as its fully functional mosque which is attended by thousands every week.
Recognised internationally, GLMCC is a multi-award-winning mosque, having won the 2019 British Muslim Award for Mosque of the Year and the Beacon Awards for ‘Best Run Mosque 2019 and ‘Best Covid Response 2020’.
For more information about or work and services visit: www.greenlanemasjid.org
Or access our annual report at: https://www.greenlanemasjid.org/about/annual-reports/