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The Ramadan Flash Mob Iftaar Playscheme in the Park 15 Years in Solidarity with Palestinians Top Tips for a Safe Hajj

6 » INSPIRING ROLE MODEL • Anas Mogra: The Great Wall of China Challenge 2012 • Suleman Nagdi MBE DL: Independent candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner

7 » HEALTH AND WELLBEING • But mum... I don’t even like carrot sticks! • Skin Care in Autumn

Asalaamu Alaikum and welcome to Leicester Muslims, a free community paper. After a positive response from our Pre-Launch issue in Ramadan 2012, we are pleased to bring you the first official issue of Leicester Muslims. Leicester Muslims aims to keep you informed about current news and events taking place that affect Muslims living in Leicester, as well as information about resources and services available around Leicester and surrounding areas, within the Muslim community. We also wish to celebrate the diversity of our community and highlight the unique social fabric of Leicester, which has been renowned for its multiculturalism, integration and tolerance by bringing you articles featuring inspiring and creative people that have made a positive impact within our society.

YOUR LETTERS Assalamualaykum Warahamtullahi Wabarakatuh, To whom it may concern, We are encouraged by the Leicester Muslims Team passion to provide a local Muslim’s newspaper which Insha’Allah may be a source of Hidaayah (guidance) for the Muslim Ummah of Leicester. In response to the advertisement in the Leicester Muslims Pre-launch Issue Community Newspaper we would like to extend our arms and expertise in assisting the team in writing and reporting within the Newspaper – if possible to also assist with various other faculties of the organisation. Jazakumullah Khairah, Sara Amirat and Ziyaulhaq Amirat

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The Leicester Muslims paper is brought to you by a young and dynamic team of volunteers, under the name Creative Muslims who are working together to empower the community and to also make social and economic improvements. In order to make this project successful, we request your humble du’as and we are always looking for more Creative Muslims to get involved. In particular we are looking for... community reporters, illustrators, photographers, film-makers, and presenters for video reporting.

10 » STUDENTS AND YOUTH • The Big Plunge into University Life • A Journey Through Islamic History – A Timeline of Key Events

11 » IT AND TECH • What is Google and eBay and how do I use Facebook? • How to keep your computer running smoothly

12 » EDUCATION • Taking the next steps… school admissions 2013

13 » RECIPE • Ice Cream Cakes

13 » KIDS / FAMILY • Word search and colour a picture

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Leicester’s Town Hall Square was once again brightened with warmth as the, Ramadan Flash Mob Iftaar, returned to Leicester for the second year, bigger and better.

The gathering of Muslims praying in the middle of town and tables of food also attracted younger members of the community. Praiven Nagvlesparah, 17 from Wigston, Laura Hitchcock, 16 from Leicester and Tejal Purohit, 16 from Rushey Mead, all attended the event and were curious to understand more.

Hundreds of people from the Muslim community in Leicester filled the Town Hall Square on Saturday 11th August, with tables of donated food and hospitality for the homeless in hopes of bringing together the people of Leicester, spreading joy, warmth and sharing a meal that would be remembered.

“We are all working together on a project for the National Citizen Service, run by the Future Foundation and have been inspired by this event to do something similar” said Praiven.

of the homeless and un-privileged to enjoy the feast. Mr Harris himself endured a rough patch in his life from 1999 to 2003 when he found himself homeless and began the struggle of finding his way back into Leicester’s community.

This special event was first inspired by a young female Muslim, who hoped to bring together the community in the Holy month of Ramadan, (month of fasting) to share the opening of the Islamic fast with the less fortunate and truly embrace the meaning behind it.

“I’ve been homeless myself and it makes me feel good to give back, being a man of Christian faith I am a servant of God and my work is to serve him and give back to people who are in situations I was in. I think what the Asian community have done here is brilliant and has brought the people of Leicester together.”

Ayisha Khurshid, 23, from Leicester is a student at De Montfort University and organised the first Ramadan Flash Mob in 2011. The success of the event urged members of the Muslim community in Leicester to request its return this year.

Amongst many of the pleased and gracious homeless was, Mr David Hamilton 52, who currently seeks shelter through Leicester’s Dawn Centre. Mr Hamilton has been homeless since 2009 and says he is still being refused accommodation by the city council.

Over two hundred people attended the event, including volunteers and most importantly many of the homeless from Leicester, some who waited from 12.30pm for a feast. The food was served to the homeless from 7:30pm, joined by the Muslim community at 8:40pm, after the opening of fast and prayers. The event also held a raffle to raise money for the, Islamic Relief Charity.

Mr Hamilton described some of his experiences, “Being homeless has been hell. I’ve spent nights sleeping on market stalls, park benches and outside shops. I cry a lot, not through hurt but through joy.”

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The amazing and eye opening event created a better understanding of Ramadan for the people of Leicester’s community. It gave Muslim’s from all over Leicester the opportunity to humbly share a meal with the homeless and less fortunate of Leicester and inspired a younger generation of the community. The East Midlands Fund Raiser for Islamic Relief, Mr Salim Lorgat also attended the event, calling on Muslims for prayer and leading the evening prayer.

Mr Hamilton explained how he’d had a good life, a wife and four children and felt grateful he had those memories. “To have loved and lost is better than to have not loved” he said, finishing by explaining how much the event meant for people like him. “It means a lot when you have nothing and we do appreciate it.”

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Top Tips for a Safe Hajj Written by Rashid Mogradia Founder & CEO of the Council of British Hajjis | www.cbhuk.org

Around 25,000 British Muslims will join over two million men and women from over hundred countries to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage this year. Hajj is a Journey of faith and one which every Muslim aspires to fulfil at least once in their lifetime. For many Hajj and Umrah pilgrims their trip is thankfully a memorable and trouble free occasion. However, you may have heard reports about some pilgrims who have suffered at the hands of disreputable travel organisers. Whilst the majority of Hajj & Umrah tour operators in the UK deliver an excellent service year on year, guiding pilgrims to Hajj and back, there are however cases of people falling foul to unscrupulous tour operators and have fallen victim to Hajj fraud. There will be those who would have saved up thousands of pounds for Hajj, picked a tour operator who would have promised them the earth, accommodated all their requests for flights and accommodation but as soon as the payments have been made, are hard to track down, phone calls left unanswered and simply uncontactable, leaving the would-be pilgrims in a state of anxiety, anger and deep anguish. As the departure date nears, to get a sunken feeling that the Journey of a Lifetime that they had dreamt of shattered into a million pieces. On the other hand some may be fortunate to actually fly out, but on arrival the 5 star hotel that was promised turns out to be a 2 star bed and breakfast, transportation issues and a total nightmare from start to finish.

Here is a list of things you can do to ensure you select the right tour operator and to avoid any issues: 1 Book with a Tour Operator who holds an Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL). An ATOL ensures that your prepayments are protected and also provides for getting you back home if necessary in the event of the operator going bust. Check the Status of the tour operators ATOL at www.caa.co.uk or call 020 7453 6424. 2 Check that your travel agent/tour operator is accredited by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj 3 Make payments by Credit Card 4 Get everything in writing and ask for and read the terms and conditions of the trip 5 Talk to your friends and relatives who may have knowledge or used the services of different tour operators and ask them for their recommendations 6 If there is an issue try to resolve this with the tour operator in the first instance, if this fails contact your local trading standards. If there is an issue whilst in Saudi Arabia then you can contact the Ministry of Hajj who have offices located in and around Makkah and in Jeddah. If the tour operator has disappeared with your money then this is fraud and you need to contact your local Police immediately and report it to action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Support in Saudi Arabia The Council of British Hajjis will be supporting The British Hajj Delegation 2012 for the second year running - A team of volunteers and doctors will be on hand to provide FREE medical assistance to pilgrims from 19th October – 4th November 2012. They will be based at the Burj Al Sultan Hotel on Ibrahim Al Khalil Street (Behind Makkah Hilton). To contact them call 0557 437 100 or 0557 440 200 from within Saudi Arabia. For more information visit www.cbhuk.org

Playscheme in the Park By Fatima Adam This annual event was held by BuilD Community Development on Thursday 23rd August 2012 in Spinney Hill Park from 11-3pm. Hundreds of people came out to enjoy the sunshine and to take part in what was a very successful day. The event was completely free of charge and there were activities such as bouncy castles, football trials and face painting for the kids to enjoy - and in some cases not just the kids! BuilD has been in operation since 2003 working within the local community with young people between the ages of 9-19 around 3 main areas of work. These are Mentoring, Youth Work and Substance Misuse. Almost all of the work done by BuilD is carried out by volunteers, and it was these very same volunteers that took the time out from their jobs and daily lives to help organise the event and ensure that everything ran smooth on the day.

This is not the first time that BuilD has put this event on, following the success of previous years it was decided that the event should be held annually. Shabiha Master, one of the event organisers said, ‘The idea behind the event was that we wanted to provide a free fun day out for all the local Playschemes to attend, as well as members of the local community. We know that money is tight for everybody at the moment and that many parents want to have a positive, fun day out with their children and family, but this is sometimes difficult.’ If you have a few hours spare time and would like to give back to the Community, BuilD is constantly looking for new volunteers. Even if you feel you have no relevant experience please still get in touch as life experience definitely counts! For more information please contact Fatima on 0116 2740284 or alternatively you can pay them a visit at their office, 122a Bridge Road, Leicester, LE5 3QN.

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Independent candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner Suleman Nagdi MBE DL, chair of MBCOL has decided to stand for election for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Leicestershire area. The elections will be held on the 15th November 2012 and all residents in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who are normally registered to vote for national, local or mayoral elections, will receive notification by post. PCC’s will hold the Chief Constable to account so that crime is cut and that an effective and efficient police service is run. The PCC will ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible. Mr. Nagdi for over 15 years has been actively engaged in providing a critical voice to the Police to ensure that members of the public receive the highest standards of service. He has wide ranging and extensive experience in community affairs and having been involved in consultations on stop and search, neighbourhood policing, counter extremism, anti-social behaviour and offender rehabilitation. Mr. Nagdi said “I am of the opinion that in order to create a stronger Police force, that ensures safer and integrated communities, the position of Police and Crime Commissioner must be free from party politics. That is why I am standing as an Independent candidate”. “I believe that my experiences in business and in the community will stand me in good stead for this vital role. The people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland deserve a candidate who will put their safety and well-being first with first class policing. More information about my campaign can be found at www.nagdi.co.uk”. Mr. Nagdi added, “The minority communities have played a significant part in the history of Great Britain It is important for these communities to continue this great tradition of shaping the future of our country by taking part in the election by voting for me on the 15th November 2012”. Mr. Nagdi’s unique strength of character and a selfless attitude in the service of others for over 25 years has driven him into taking a role of being an advocate with those in society that often need a voice. His exemplary conduct shows his commitment to serving unconditionally, the needs of others. He has, and continues to play a key role in community matters locally, nationally and internationally.

Most of us will definitely have heard of the Great Wall of China, and why not? It’s been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and reputed to be one of the largest man-made structures in the world, and rumour has it, it can even be seen from space. So imagine, what it would be like taking up the gruelling challenge of walking the wall…local businessman, Anas Mogra has done just that! Anas Mogra is owner of local business Colour Paints, a wallpaper and paint shop that has built up an enviable reputation over the last 3 years. However, Mr. Mogra is also dedicated to helping the poor and needy with a strong desire to help bring poverty to an end. He is a committed volunteer of Islamic Relief, who raises money throughout the year for charity through various projects, and believes it an honour to be able to contribute to a worthy cause. Previously he has also raised funds for Leicester-based Friends of Al Aqsa by participating in their 15km walk. Leicester Muslims has been speaking to brother Anas about why he has chosen to take part in this exciting new challenge. He tells us, “This is the first time a challenge of this sort has been organised, it presents a different way in which to raise money for a good cause and as a result has sparked much interest”. 100% of donations and sponsors will go towards the Water4Life project run by Islamic Relief as all expenses towards the trip have been paid for by brother Anas himself. The Water4Life project aims to provide clean water thereby breaking the cycle of poverty and disease. For example, just £100 would give clean water for an entire village in Africa offering much needed relief by eradicating the cause of many waterborne diseases that kill millions each year. From the 29th September to 7th October, Anas Mogra and a small team of volunteers will be visiting China to walk along the Great Wall. This involves walking for 7-8 hours per day for up to 8 days. The team has been provided by good support from Islamic Relief who also

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have a branch in China and will be aided by a professional guide during the walk. Due to the physically challenging nature of the trip volunteers have undergone tough training sessions with cycling, walking and jogging since before Ramadan. This has included attending a training session in Birmingham for a fitness test, two 15 kilometre walks taking over 4 hours, as well as tips and advice to make the walk successful and ensure volunteers safety. All volunteers registered on the challenge are required to raise a target of £4000 which brother Anas has now surpassed! However, donations are still welcome as contributions make a big difference to those living in poverty. Mr. Mogra says, “Everyone should get involved even if it is only by setting a small target. Every second counts – just do it”. If you would like to support this vital cause please kindly sponsor brother Anas at: www. virginmoneygiving.com/anascolourpaints1 About Islamic Relief: Islamic Relief is a well established charity that works to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and diseases around the world regardless of colour, race, and creed. In addition to running various development projects they aim to provide rapid relief in the event of man-made and natural disasters. They have many fundraising opportunities through which volunteers can get involved including challenges in the UK and worldwide. Interested in volunteering or taking up your own challenge? Get involved at: www.islamic-relief. org.uk/involved

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Ever run out of ideas of what to put in your child’s lunch box? Ever get frustrated after having put some great ideas in there only to have them returned right back to you untouched at the end of the day?

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A Journey Through Islamic History – A Timeline of Key Events

PLUNGE INTO UNIVERSITY LIFE

By Yasminah Hashim and Muhammad Beg

By Naeema Hussein

Starting at university can feel like stepping into a whole new world. Everything is so different and many things will be changing. However, the question is, do we as people change who we are because the environment around us has changed?

Moreover, we need to realise that Allah is always watching us, wherever we are. Of course, it’s only too easy to say we should do this and we should do that! But, how do we direct ourselves to our true purpose? Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

We’ve probably already heard of the saying “Change is the only constant thing in the world” Therefore, change is inevitable; but we can either change for the better or for the worse. Picture this scenario…

“I have only created jinns and men, that they may serve Me.”

It’s Fresher’s week. You’re on university campus, getting familiar with your surroundings, meeting new people…and generally going with the flow of things. Naturally, you don’t want to feel alone and you’re anxious to make friends. Not only that, but you’ll want to make this the chance to try new things, little knowing how easy it is to end up doing something you would have never imagined yourself doing.

As Muslims, our true purpose is to worship Allah. However, worship of Allah is not simply restricted to performing salaah, reciting Qur’an or remembering Allah through dhikr. Being a devoted slave of Allah means that His worship encompasses all aspects of our lives. For example, even a simple action such as lifting a thorn from a footpath can earn Allah’s pleasure when it is done for His sake.

Maybe you could end up talking yourself into going clubbing, since you don’t have parents to watch over you and you tell yourself it’ll just be the one night so you can make friends. I mean if you’re asked out you wouldn’t want to seem rude and anti-social right? And once you’re there you’ve opened the door up to so many other temptations.

In our continuously changing lives we need to make Allah the constant factor. Our actions, speech and disposition should revolve around what pleases our creator, Allah. At no cost should you feel like you need to compromise your faith in order to try and ‘fit in’ but neither should you isolate yourself from people who seem to be completely different from you. Be patient and remember you’re not alone.

Nevertheless, it’s only inevitable that the person who you are may change as a result of the changing environment. In all this confusion we can lose a sense of who we are and what defines us. When this does happen we need to slow down and go back to the basics. We are in this world for a purpose and to achieve our full potential we need to know what that purpose is, so that, we can focus ourselves towards it. We are all representatives of Islam, everywhere we go and the way we conduct ourselves should reflect this.

(Surah Ad-Dhariyat – Verse 56)

Looking back, the feeling of alienation is only too vivid in my own memory but then again, so is the uplifting smile of a Muslim sister who simply smiled as she walked past and strengthened my resolve. Your Muslim brothers and sisters can be a great support; so do turn to them if you experience any difficulty. Lastly, be true to yourself and remember there is nothing stopping you from excelling both academically and as a Muslim.

Published by: Kube Publishing Ltd., 2012. Pp. 136, 73 coloured and 27 black & white photographs. ISBN: 9781847740281. In terms of size, paper quality and number of illustrations, this book impressively qualifies as a coffee table attraction. In fact, one is tempted to look at the many instructive maps and pictures while postponing reading. However, the volume is more than visual delight, given the qualifications of its two authors: A lady from Jeddah, Yasminah Hashim (21), who had started research for this book at the age of 17, and Muhammad Abdul Jabbar Beg, formerly teaching at the University of Malaysia. The book is introduced by the Iraqi professor (emeritus) of mechanical engineering, Salim al-Hassani, author of 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in our World. The volume summarizes eight periods of Muslim history, from the birth of Muhammad (peace be upon him) in 570 CE to the most recent democratic protests in the Arab world, overthrowing authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Throughout, pages on historical developments alternate with pages devoted to important Muslim personalities like Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, Harun al-Rashid, Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi, Ibn Khaldun and Sinan. Very useful, and quite innovative, are 22 “timeline” foldout pages registering important events in chronological order. The same is true for the many maps, including the one of the Hijaz Railway (p. 89) and the ones depicting the gradual Zionist occupation of Palestine (p. 127). Remarkable as well is a view of the interior of the ancient Niujie Mosque in Beijing (p. 122), 1015 years old by now. According to Hashim the book was “meant to be precise rather than comprehensive”. But extraordinarily comprehensive it is as well as proven by her chapters on the Umayyads, Abbasids, Mamluks, Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals where all caliphs are listed with the period of their ruling. Although all her chapters are remarkably concise they do not appear dense, and this is in spite of the fact that the author presents enormous dynastic detail while unfolding the ummah’s turbulent history. Review by Murad Wilfried Hofmann (first published in the Muslim World Book Review, Autumn 2012)

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IT / TECH

ISSUE 1: OCT / NOV 2012

What is Google and eBay and how do I use Facebook? By Mohammed Ismail, IT Consultant

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How to keep your computer running smoothly By Muhammad Sameja, Techni-Clinic

Want to learn about the Internet? Tired of the kids saying, “just Google it mom”. Heard about this great tool you can buy cheap on eBay, but don’t have a clue what eBay is? Over the coming issues, we plan to give you, our readers, the ability to engage with the likes of Facebook, Google and eBay, in a fun and interactive introduction to computers and technology. Out resident experts will start by introducing the basics of computers and related technologies but also providing in depth information to intermediate and advanced users to further their understanding of IT. There is no better time to get involved following the introduction of the Raspberry PI; the UK tech. industry has come alive!

Computers tend to become slower, less responsive and start getting problems due to the age of the hardware and the years of data built up on the hard drive. There are many ways of trying to keep a computer running smoothly. Here are three tasks that will help increase the life span of your machine and save you a lot of problems in the long term.

Do you remember the Acorn BBC Micro, the Commodore 64 or the Sinclair ZX Spectrum? These were the early computers that many kids of the 80’s and 90’s will have fond memories playing. The Acorn BBC in particular, known as ‘Beeb’ to its loyal fans, was made famous for its amazing gaming ability (albeit with a maximum of 16 colours) and its great selection of teaching aids. Beebs were used in schools throughout the UK to help kids learn umeracy and literacy skills in a fun, interactive environment.

But what has a Raspberry Pi got to do with it? The UK was once a world leader in computing technology but has since been accused of losing its way in IT; particularly with the way computing is taught in schools and colleges. Many efforts to revive the early computing industry and push entrepreneurship have been developed or supported by the government.

One such effort comes from Dr Eben Upton. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK charity that has created a credit-card-sized ‘computer’ for £22 here in the UK, called the ‘Raspberry PI’. The device can plug directly into a TV allowing full HD

playback of movies, whilst still giving the same experience the kids in the 80’s and 90’s had - the ability to program and create games or hack away at existing game code.

The wow factor!

The April 2012 launch of The Raspberry Pi got amazing attention and huge press. Initial shipments of 10,000 units went on sale at 6am on the distributer, Farnell’s website. At 6.01am, the website had crashed from the huge traffic. Nevertheless, by morning 12,000 orders had been placed. Current sales stand at approximately 300,000, with buyers around the world still waiting to get their hands on one.

Want to learn more?

Great, there’s no better time to get started. Over the coming issues we plan to introduce the basics through to an advanced level in IT knowledge, wow the employers, shock the kids and get cheaper car insurance by using a comparison website to get a better deal, we’ll cover it all…watch this space.

Uninstall programs that you do not use Programs take up space on your computer and some run in the background without your knowledge. By uninstalling the programs that you no longer use, you will free up disk space which will speed up your computer and also improve your computer’s performance. Keeping your computer up to date Keeping software up to date is important not only for keeping up with the latest features but also for security reasons. Make sure that Windows Update is switched on so that you are receiving updates relevant to your system. Backup your data Backing up your data is a very important task that saves a lot of time and hassle if your computer suddenly crashes or if you accidentally delete an important file. Backing up is a simple process where you just have to copy all of your files to a secondary location i.e. a memory stick or external hard drive.

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EDUCATION • RECIPE

ISSUE 1: OCT / NOV 2012

Taking the next steps… ...applying for children’s admission, for the start of the next (2013) school year.

Remember all forms must be returned by 31st October 2012. It hasn’t been long since the new academic year started, however many parents will be thinking of applying for their children’s admission, for the start of the next school year. Whether your child is just starting out at primary school or transferring to secondary school, the application process can seem quite overwhelming as there will be many options to consider. Not to worry, help is available! Here are some basic guidelines: You can apply for up to three schools for your child but, before you apply you may want to consider a few important points such as which schools are in your Catchment Area, how popular the school is and your child’s chances of getting a place there and how your child will travel to the preferred schools. In order to help you decide many schools will be running open days and events, so it may be useful to attend these and gain more information before filling out your application. The application itself has four sections where section one asks for information about parent/

carer’s and pupils. In section two you will indicate your chosen preferences. Although preferences cannot be guaranteed, most parents who have applied on time are given their preferred choice of school. The next section requires you to give household information and sibling connection and final section includes a declaration confirming all the information given in previous sections. Please note, if you are applying for a Voluntary Aided School such as Madani High School, you must complete a Supplementary Information Form. Don’t forget to attach any documents needed to support your application as well as keeping a copy of the application and proof of posting for your own reference. If possible, apply through the online service as it will allow you to make any changes before submitting and allows your application to be processed quicker. Remember all forms must be returned by 31st October 2012. If you are ready to apply please visit www.leicester.gov.uk/admissionsonline

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Voluntary Action Leicestershire provides the Choice Advice Service, offering free help for parents and carers who have children, aged 4 to 16, that are starting or moving school. Not only do they provide information about schools and the admissions process, but also assist in completing paperwork. For advice and support please contact: Choice Advisor, Voluntary Action Leicestershire, 9 Newarke Street Leicester, LE1 5SN Tel: 0116 257 5026 email: choiceadvice@valonline.org.uk www.valonline.org.uk/choice-advice-service

Other useful contacts/links: School Admissions Service Tel: 0116 252 7009 E: admissions.online@leicester.gov.uk Parent Partnership www.valonline.org.uk/Parentpartnership-service Leicester City Council New Walk Centre, Welford Place Leicester, LE1 6ZG www.leicester.gov.uk/admissions

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SPORTS

ISSUE 1: OCT / NOV 2012

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Leicester Archery Academy It all started while walking down the road, back in 2005, on the way to the local mosque. I fell into step with a friend, who started talking about archery. He told me that a relative of his from up north was an archery coach, who ran a successful club and had a dream of spreading archery into inner city communities. He was offering to come and train a few would-be-archers, in the hope of getting a Leicester club going. Within six months, we were taking our first batch of beginners through an introductory course, and we were rolling! Word was spreading in the community that a local archery club had started up, and we had a steady stream of people wanting to do the courses. Membership has grown steadily on the back of these beginners’ courses, and two or three years ago, we merged with a ladies’ club originally based in Loughborough, but with trainers mostly from Leicester, and this has given the club a whole new dimension, as our segregated venue means that whole families can now come and shoot at the same time. It turns out that there is a particularly strong affinity for archery among Muslim communities, which is only now beginning to be tapped. Anyone raised in the UK knows something about Robin Hood and the long heritage of archery in this country, but archery has a particular importance in Islam, due to the authentic Hadiths in which our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam recommends the sport.

One of the beauties of archery, in fact, is its long and varied heritage among cultures right across the world, which gives it a tremendous potential as a bridge-builder, helping us recognise what diverse communities have in common, whilst gaining an appreciation of different traditions at the same time. As for our hopes and plans for the future, we are now well-integrated into the GB Archery framework, and we use their badge system to motivate our youngsters to keep striving for improvement. We have made links with several other Muslim-run clubs around the country, are encouraging our established members to enter competitions in order to hone their skills, meet fellow archers and check out equipment and techniques. The club now shoots every Saturday at Madani High School, which has given us an ideal location in the heart of the community, and inshAllah, we will continue to expand our activities in order to encourage evermore people to take part in this beautiful Sunnah sport. For more information please contact Mohamed on 07865 554009 or visit www.leicesterarcheryacademy.com

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