PSYV Greater Glasgow Annual Awards Ceremony

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.

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VISIT MY MOSQUE

On Sunday 5 February 2017, UK wide saw the initiative entitled Visit My Mosque where over 150 mosques partook in holding open days and welcoming the non Muslim community to attend their local mosque to learn more about Islam. This was an opportunity to have dialogue about topical issues and learn more about Muslims. SPMA were invited to attend and gladly did so with Police Scotland. CI Alistair Muir and his team ran this initiative in conjunction with Cumbernauld Mosque to make it a bigger and better event for families.

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INTRODUCTION TO POLICING

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.

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Taste of Ramadhan – Iftaar Dinner 2017

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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.

Remembering Srebrenica Event, July 2015 – Glasgow Central Mosque

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.