One Ummah One Voice
Our vision is to provide a wide range of services for the Muslim communities of Milton Keynes in a manner that respects all the cultures that make up the Muslim community, encouraging unity and reinforcing the collective Islamic culture, values and heritage of this diverse group, whilst actively promoting interaction and dialogue with the wider community.
In order to do this we will:
- Maintain and manage our Masjid and community centre.
- Focus primarily on the needs of the Muslim community whilst working for the common good of all the residents of Milton Keynes.
- Promote education, employment and health.
- Educate both Muslims and non-Muslims alike about Islam via discussion, dialogue, debate and general interaction.
- Implement holistic policies, strategies and services in order to advance the cultural, social, spiritual and fiscal development of the whole community.
Serving the Community by Working in Partnership
Over the last decade, the Muslim community of Milton Keynes has experienced rapid growth that is projected to continue doing so as people move here from other cities, towns, villages and even from across the world. The city as a whole is projected to experience a population rise of approximately 110,000. The council estimates that 28,100 new homes will be constructed by 2011 followed by a further 71,000 by 2031 which would make Milton Keynes as big as Cardiff.
Until we purchased our current premises there had been no masjid and community centre in Milton Keynes to cater to the needs of the expanding community and already our 10,000 square foot Masjid is at full capacity!
The only way to fulfil our vision is to work in partnership with the local authority in Milton Keynes, the Thames Valley Police force and other charitable, voluntary and community organisations. It is by fostering good working relationships with external agencies that improvements can be made in community cohesion, health, service provision and education.
Opposing Extremism and Promoting Tolerance
The Milton Keynes Islamic Cultural Association works actively to promote tolerance, mutual understanding, respect and interfaith dialogue by regularly holding Islamic lectures, seminars and talks that are open to all.
Our community workers, volunteers and Imaams encourage constructive engagement in society and a rejection of extremism in all its forms. We unequivocally reject all forms of terrorism or distortion of Islam.
Encouraging Participation of Women & Young People
We aim to offer a wide range of services that enable women and young people to engage in a safe and positive environment. We are currently in the process of setting up a number of projects aimed directly at empowering women and young people to participate in leisure, education and employment. In order to encourage full participation of women and young people and to ensure that their needs, wants and opinions are taken into consideration the association has separate women and youth steering committees that feed project proposals back to the management committee. We have several projects in the proposal and development stages that will tackle issues of extremism, anti-social behaviour, gang culture and drugs to name but a few.