Abdurraheem Green, Chairman of iERA, was recently invited to a Solihull community event to talk about extremism and hate crime. The event was organised by the Solihull Islamic Education Academy (SIEA) as part of their Building Bridges Initiative, aimed at building community cohesion.
The forum was attended by members of the Islamic, Jewish and Christian communities along with officers from the Metropolitan Police. The purpose of the event was to have an open discussion about hate crimes, extremism and other such issues affecting communities today.
The iERA Chairman was asked to address attendees about measures to stem hate crimes in the UK, particularly in light of recent events. Officers from the Metropolitan Police also touched upon the hate crimes of recent times, including the murder of Mohammed Saleem in nearby Birmingham last year.
Abdurraheem Green spoke about how Muslims can help build greater community cohesion and commented “Muslims need to engage with people in a warm, friendly and loving way”. He mentioned after the event that, “such initiatives are a great way to bring communities together and break down barriers”.