Nearly 50 residents from the Burton Lazars area attended an informative talk on contemporary issues relating to Muslims in the UK and worldwide.
The Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO), in partnership with St Philip’s Centre, organised the recently held open talk - entitled ‘An Evening with Suleman Nagdi’ - at Burton Lazars Village Hall.
The gathering, which took place on Thursday, February 19, was an opportunity for villagers to ask many questions about contemporary issues relating to Muslims in the UK and worldwide.
Dr Peter Striblehill, a local resident who facilitated the event, added: “The original idea for the meeting came from a service in St James’ Church in Burton Lazars. People were looking at press articles about Islam and thought that they didn’t know enough to pass comment on them. That gave us the idea to ask Suleman to come out and he handled some penetrating questions about Islam very well. It was a great opportunity for the people of Melton to talk to a real authority on Islamic matters.”
Mr Nagdi MBE DL, from the Federation, said, “I was most humbled to speak to such an esteemed gathering and to be able to speak to them about a whole range of issues. Too often we shy away from topics for one reason or another. Talks like this break the taboo and genuinely affect how we as people relate to one another in our nation.”
He added: “Nights like these are needed now more than ever because of the uncertainties throughout the world. “We face many challenges but we must remain proud and confident that at least here in our United Kingdom, we can unite and work towards a peaceful future for all.”