“The best of people are those that bring the most benefit to mankind”
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.
All of our centres are open every day of the year for people to use our prayer facilities, including the five daily prayers, and the special prayers for Ramadan and Eid. The prayer halls are accessible from 10 am, and close about half an hour after the last prayer of the day. We hold congregational prayers at specific times, which you can find in our prayer timetable. There are separate prayer facilities for women at our centres. All of our centres have modern ablutions facilities. There is wheelchair access throughout.
Muslims turn to the Mosque for help and advice in many matters affecting their day-to-day life. Our Imams can advise on a wide range of matters, such as marriage, bereavement, family problems, and Islamic guidance. If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our Imams, contact reception. We have a dedicated Religious Advice Service through our team of Imam’s. The Imam’s are here to provide you with the best advice possible according to the Quran and Sunnah. All of our Imams are fluent in English, Urdu and Arabic.
Many couples wish to have Islamic recognition of their marriage, in addition to their civil marriage. We can provide this service, where the bride and groom make their commitment to an Islamic marriage through their freely given consent. For details of the marriage process, contact us for more information.
We have been assisting the Muslim community by arranging and managing the funerals of their loved ones for many years. We have representatives that can advise on all aspects of funeral and burial arrangements, and make any necessary arrangements, including the Janazah (funeral) prayer at our centres. We have facilities to perform the ghusl as well.
Our venues can cater for a wide range of activities and gatherings, such as seminars and fundraising activities. Our buildings are a great choice to host your event, the accessibility, in-house facilities, our open-door policy make our halls always continuously booked and very eventful.
We organise an annual Muslim Cultural Festival where we welcome families and communities from all faiths and backgrounds to have the opportunity to come together, celebrate, promote and enjoy a great day out!
The Festival includes Live performances, Funfair Rides, Bouncy Castles and a host of other fun activities for everybody to get involved in. Visitors also get an opportunity to experience a ‘Mini Bazaar’, which hosts a wide range of stalls from cultural clothing, food, jewellery, literature and much more!
This event is attended by locals, city officials and dignitaries. Last year’s event was attended by over 7000 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 0115 8415806