Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA) and friends are extending an invitation to all to join them for an Iftar. It is the month of Ramadhan for Muslims all over the World where they fast from dawn to dusk and the Iftar is the evening meal which ends the daily fast.
SPMA have joined with The Great Get Together (TGGT) and The Big Iftar (TBI) to deliver an enlightening evening. Both initiatives focus on community cohesion and celebrate what we have in common.
SPMA share these values and are focused on working together -building bridges within the community of Scotland. Our ethos has been to promote positive dialogue and to have an understanding and mutual respect of each other irrespective of faith (or none).
We have all been left shocked, shaken, angry, upset and saddened by the recent events following the attacks in Westminster, Manchester and London. Our focus is to come together stronger as a community, to unite and to remember those who have been affected by all acts of terror and hate crime at home and abroad.
On Friday 16 June 2017 SPMA in association with the Big Iftar and the Great Get Together held a Community Iftar in Eastwood Parish Church… to promote community cohesion and celebrate what we have in common… the message from our Chair was simple … do not let hate divide us…
Thank you to our SPMA team, our friends who helped, host Shakeel Ali, reciter/speakers Br Ibrahim, Amjid Bashir, Rev Roy Henderson, Paul Blackwood, Liaqat ali and friends for their fab performances, caterers desi dhabba, Big Day Wedding Services, Halo Media services, Abu Bakr and Dawud for the PA and wicked tunes, Julie at TBI, Mike at at TGGT….and a special special thanks to all of you who attended and lastly to the fantastic people at Eastwood Parish Church for their assistance in making it possible.
On 22 February 2017, SPMA were invited to attend the Annual Awards Ceremony which took place in Holyrood Secondary where we were presented with an Award. Congratulations to Sergeant Dario D’Andrea and Inspector Craig Rankine for their ongoing work with the PSYV.
On 23 January 2017, SPMA teamed up with Police Scotland’s Positive Action Recruitment Team to attend an event organised in Glasgow City Chambers by BEMIS. BEMIS is an organisation supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland. The event was lead and managed by Inspector Amar Shakoor and PC Amer Mohammad.
On Sunday 22 January, SPMA’s Secretary PC Farooq Ishaq and Treasurer PC Amer Mohammad attended at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan with the Police Scotland Youth volunteers (PSYV) at the Introduction to Policing Event, a new programme which was launched to encourage potential officers from BME backgrounds to consider a career in policing. The event was an opportunity to learn more about what is involved – from initial application to probationary training. The event was also attended by our Chief Constable Phil Gormley. In addition speaking at the event were two of Scotland’s most senior BME Officers Superintendent Thom McLoughlin and Superintendent Faroque Hussain.
We are proud to announce our Iftaar dinner event 2017 where we will have a night of short talks and poetry from inter faith groups and we will send prayers to those affected after the recent tragic events in the UK and violence worldwide.
This event is held in Ramadhan as Muslims are fasting during this month and open fast at sunset daily. It allows various communities and faith groups to attend and enjoy the experience of opening a fast with our Muslim brothers and sisters, whilst communities will be united and learning from one another.
The Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA) in conjunction with Glasgow Central Mosque hosted the 20th Anniversary Memorial Service to remember the thousands of victims who were massacred in the town of Srebrenica.
The SPMA in partnership with the Mosque organised the 10th July event in order to ensure that the Bosnian genocide was not forgotten. The event was attended by a delegation of survivors from the atrocities including the mothers of a number of those killed.
More than 8,000 men and boys were murdered in July 1995 and hundreds of women subjected to sexual violence in July 1995 when Serbian nationalist forces invaded the town.
Commenting ahead of the event, Fahad Bashir, Chairman of the Scottish Police Muslim Association said “20 years on, we seek to remember what happened to our brothers and sisters, our fellow human beings in Bosnia. We need to ensure that the lessons of the past have been learned and to reaffirm the strong bonds that exist between Scotland and Bosnia as our event and the survivor’s stories highlights.”
Nabeel Sheikh, General Secretary of Glasgow Central Mosque added “it is with a heavy heart that we organise and host this memorial to remember the barbaric crimes the world witnessed just twenty years ago. Especially because of the ruling by the International Court of Justice that the killings constituted genocide – the first on Europe’s shores since the holocaust. Glasgow, Scotland and the World therefore can never forget”
The Bosnian Survivors delegation joined Glasgow’s Muslim Community at the Mosque to break the fast as the event – being held on the eve of the 20th Anniversary – coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.