Muslim Scholars Campaign for ‘One Britain One Nation’

Queen Elizabeth II receives a bouquet from a boy during a celebration to mark the 500th anniversary of the Royal Mail postal service at the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Windsor, western London, Britain, on April 20, 2016. Queen Elizabeth II is set to celebrate her 90th birthday on April 21.
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The  ‘Count Me In’ campaign, aims to create a symbolic display of national unity that coincides with Her Majesty, the Queen’s official 90th birthday celebrations and celebrates her role as the iconic head of a truly united nation . . . . reports Asian Lite News

Kash Singh
Kash Singh

Some of Britain’s most eminent and renowned Muslim scholars and speakers, along with imams from mosques across the country, are gathering together in Birmingham, to show the British Muslim community’s unswerving support for a campaign created by Britain’s most dynamic integration organisation, One Britain One Nation (OBON).

OBON’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign, wholly privately funded by OBON’s passionate CEO, Kash Singh, aims to create a symbolic display of national unity and cohesion that coincides with Her Majesty the Queen’s official 90th birthday celebrations and celebrates her role as the iconic head of a truly united nation.

The British Muslim community will be visibly and vocally throwing its weight behind this call when the country’s most influential imams unite, in unprecedented fashion, to add their voice to the call for people of all religions, backgrounds, races and age to demonstrate their adherence to British values, by celebrating the Queen’s birthday together.

OBON has asked councils, communities, businesses and schools to come together, to sing the national anthem, fly the Union Jack and say three cheers to Her Majesty.  Its aim is to shape a nation that today’s children can be proud of in years to come, by creating a response to changing demographics that is based upon inclusion, rather than exclusion, and understanding rather than fear and hatred.

The Muslim leaders have swiftly responded to this call, by asking all British mosques to include a prayer to Her Majesty the Queen in their Jummah prayers.  Five hundred mosques across the country have already signed up to do this and more are set to follow.

Additionally, the imams are urging British Muslims to invite friends and colleagues of other faiths to their homes, to mark the start of the Ramadan fast together and foster understanding of each other’s beliefs and viewpoints.

OBON’s CEO, Kash Singh, says: “Our ‘Count Me In’ campaign is about ordinary citizens in Britain demonstrating their belief in British values and recognising that, by standing together in solidarity, we can make our society one forged by the majority, rather than the minority, voice.” He further adds “We are delighted to have such eminent Muslim scholars and imams taking up our Pledge and encouraging Britain’s population of three million Muslims to join in Her Majesty the Queen’s celebrations alongside those of other faiths and backgrounds. “

Trustee and Spokesperson of the British Muslim Forum, Maulana Dr Shahid Raza Naeemi OBE, stated: “There is no doubt that citizens of our country from all backgrounds feel very much at home in Britain and proud of being British. Today, more than ever before, there is a need to collectively demonstrate to ourselves, to each other and to the world that we are indeed all together, standing in solidarity and with pride, as One Britain One Nation.”

The OBON and British Muslim community event will take place at The City Hassanat College, in Leigh Road, Birmingham.  It will feature speeches from the Chair of the West Midlands Lieutenancy Birmingham Ambassadors Group, Mr Simon Topman MBE and some truly influential Muslim speakers.

These include Dr Musharraf Hussain OBE, Chair of the Christian Muslim Forum and Director of the Karimia Institute (Nottingham), Dr Qari Asim (MBE), Chief Imam at Leeds Makkah Masjid Mosque and senior associate at DLA Piper UK LLP and Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, the Government’s former Chief Diversity Adviser and someone cited in the list of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.  He is also Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica. Also speaking will be Allama Ghulam Rabbani Afghani, a versatile scholar and talented speaker, Hafiz Fazal Ahmed Qadri, the Imam of Derby’s Jamia mosque, and Mufti Yar Muhammed Qadri.

OBON is receiving responses to its call to action on a daily basis and wishes to see a wave of red, white and blue spreading across Britain on June 10.  It has also created a list of ways in which communities of all kinds can get involved and come together to create a shared sense of belonging.  Details can be found at www.onebritainonenation.com .

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