In 2012, we ran a campaign encouraging Muslims to get involved in socially beneficial initiatives and led by example through clearing the snow from the streets of Cambridge. British Muslims rose to the challenge by braving the cold with shovels in hand to clear the snow and ice in their local areas.
These kind of activities are breaking down barriers and opening up the Muslim community for positive social engagement. Ms. Annie Ward-Pearson from Leicester wrote an evocative letter to the community of Masjid Umar, thanking them:
“Along with most of Leicester, I was crawling home at a snail’s pace and was facing the long hill of Evington Road. What I saw in front of me was truly wonderful.
There were many Muslim men, wrapped up and facing icy winds and freezing temperatures, stopping the traffic to guide cars out of side roads, to make sure the traffic flowed and pushing the more modern computerised cars up the hill. They were putting themselves in front of heavy vehicles that could have slid and crushed them – still they carried on.
I chugged up the hill, but also saw your men pushing the less able and the whole event really opened both my eyes and my heart. It didn’t matter who was in these cars – black, white, any creed and any colour, all were assisted, without any prejudice.
At 52, I have grown up with prejudice in my heart. My cousin was blown up in a market in Afghanistan, serving his Queen and country, so my prejudice was strengthened even further. A bit of snow and community spirit has changed my outlook on many things.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”