Preston faith group to host event aimed at tackling anti-Muslim sentiment during Covid-19

Posted on - 6th August, 2020 - 10:00am | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Coronavirus and Mosques Panel Members (top-left Imam Qari Asim MBE, bottom-left Saba Zaman, top-right host Adam Kelwick, middle-right Shaukat Warraich, bottom-right Mufti Rafiq Sufi)
Top-left Imam Qari Asim MBE; bottom-left Saba Zaman; top-right host Adam Kelwick; middle-right Shaukat Warraich; bottom-right Maulana Rafiq Sufi

A live online event is set to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment and reassure the public about Covid-19 safety measures being taken by Mosques.


The event is being hosted by Preston-based non-profit organisation the Light Foundation, and will feature a panel of guests.

A spokesperson for the Light Foundation said: ‘The online event is to clarify confusion and misconceptions around how the Muslim community and in particular Mosques have been projected in some parts of the national media during this pandemic.

“Some of the topics discussed will be how Covid-19 guidelines have been implemented by Mosques, how the far-right have peddled hatred, and how Muslims should react to such claims.

“We feel that engaging with wider communities about this much debated and spoken of topic will give reassurance to the public that Mosques are taking government guidelines seriously, as other faith institutions are.

“We hope this crucial insight will strengthen communities in ways that bind us together, so we can as one nation defeat Covid-19 together.”

On the panel will be Imam Qari Asim MBE (Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group), Shaukat Warraich, (CEO, Faith Associates), Saba Zaman (Broadcast Journalist and Producer) and Maulana Rafiq Sufi (Chairman, Lancashire Council of Mosques). The event will be hosted by Adam Kelwick.

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The event – titled Coronavirus and Mosques: Are Muslims Making Britain Dangerous? – will take place on Thursday 6 August at 7pm on the Light Foundation Facebook page.

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