The best of people are those that bring the most benefit to mankind
(Hadith)

Community work and development is at the heart of Karimia Institute’s work. We are very much a part of this country, where many of us were born or have chosen as our home. It is where we raise our children, work, and study. Many of us are first generation, second generation, and even native-born British citizens. Generally speaking, when an individual feels a sense of belonging, they are more likely to actively participate in the community where they live, because they feel their voice will be heard and respected. They are more willing to invest their time because they want a community where their children feel welcomed and included.

Trust Building Forum

Promoting mutual trust between British Muslims and the wider community

The Trust Building Forum was launched in May 2016 and aims to promote trust among British Muslims and wider society through the shared British values of mutual respect, individual liberty, care and love for neighbours. The objective of the forum is to promote trust among communities. Trust is a fundamental value which acts like glue in bringing diverse communities together. It recognises that trust can be achieved through open dialogue, myth busting and having safe platforms for discussion.

We believe that trust is a fundamental value which acts like glue in bringing diverse communities together. The trust building project was launched to promote trust among British Muslims and wider society through the shared British values of mutual respect, individual liberty, and care and love for neighbours.

Vision

We believe in a United Kingdom where people are willing to get together and understand each other, and help in securing their communities against divisive fear and uncertainty. In a multi-faith and multi-ethnic Britain all religions and people of different ways of life live together as good neighbours. A City and Country where all care for each other.

Objectives

To build trust through:

  • Raising awareness and busting myths on Islam.
  • Creating opportunities for interaction and dialogue.
  • Train a network of ambassadors from various ethnic and religious backgrounds with the skills to promote mutual understanding and build relationships.
  • Have ambassadors engage and visit various audiences to deliver presentations geared towards myth busting.

Approach

Presenting a realistic and accurate message of peace and harmony to encourage each other to value commonalities rather than focus on differences.

Sharing the ordinary lives of British Muslims as an essential part of the fabric of British society: working as teachers, taxi drivers, doctors, soldiers, students, being good neighbours, and contributing to the economy of Britain.

Listening to the concerns of our audience and creating a safe forum for them to ask difficult questions.

Goals

Train people who play an active role in preventing tension, mistrust and fear of ‘the other’; these will be our trust building ambassadors.

Educate others about the theology of diversity and pluralism, and how important it to care for our neighbours and fellow citizens. We accept the fact that there are extremists in all communities. They require education. We shall highlight the concept of “the middle nation”, a Qur’anic term describing moderation, far away from extremism.Build rapport between Muslims and the media and public sector. We aim to provide an atmosphere of peace and understanding for all people, regardless of race and cultural tradition.Provide an environment where people can meet and discuss their grievances and inequalities that drive conflict.

Encourage people of influence in the public sector and civic society to promote mutual understanding of each other.Be able to monitor and respond to unforeseen national or global crises in community relationships.We believe that we can bring about changes in the actions and attitudes of our communities, civil society actors, individuals and institutions that hold power by working in collaboration with them.

Are you interested in becoming a Trust Building Ambassador? Contact us today!

Farah Khan | farah@karimia.com | 0115 8415806

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