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Ramadan As A Community – 14th June 2013

The Friday Project is an initiative set up to bring the wider Muslim community of Manchester together with the purpose of debating and discussing issues affecting the Muslim community. An event was organised in partnership with Utrujj titled: ‘Ramadan as a community beyond prayer and fasting’. The attendees discussed ways of gaining reward during Ramadan other than praying and fasting. Other ideas that were discussed were how we, as a community can gain additional reward during this blessed month. The discussions were led by Sheikh Haitham Tamim and Sheikh Abu Nahla Alwazani.

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The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X – 3rd October 2013

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Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. Transcending from a ‘hoodlum’ to a Muslim minister. The strength of his words and the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.

To celebrate Black History Month The Friday Project invited two prominent historians on Thursday 3rd of October 2013. Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick, a historian, social activist and religious leader of African and Native American descent to lead a discussion on the life and legacy of Malcolm X and Dr Stef Kerris, a historian and university lecturer to discuss the topic of the
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Islamophobia Awareness – 15th November 2013

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As part of the Islamophobia Awareness Month, on 15 November 2013, the Friday Project, together with Engage and Community Safety Forum, organised an evening of discussions on how to tackle Islamophobia and hate crimes. The event included an exhibition on Islamophobia, discussions, presentations and a Q&A session. The aim of the event was to encourage British Muslims to engage more effectively with political and media institutions and play a greater role in British politics and society. Key note speakers included Tony Lloyd (PCC for Greater Manchester) and Sir Peter Fahy (Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police).

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Standing for Justice – 22nd November 2013

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On 22 November 2013, the Friday Project invited veteran civil rights activist, Imam Khalid Griggs, from the USA to lead the discussion on ‘Standing for Justice’. The guest speaker reflected on his motivations and experiences of half a century of standing for justice in the USA. The overall message was that the Muslim community empower themselves to take action to tackle the
issues being faced in the UK rather than sit back and complain.

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