National Church Leaders attend Muslim Council of Britain dinner
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were recently honoured to attend the fourth annual Muslim Leadership Dinner held by the Muslim Council of Britain to celebrate the contribution of Muslim charities in the United Kingdom to international developments.
“The Muslim Council of Britain has helped to broaden people’s understanding of Muslims and their faith,” said Elder Clifford T. Herbertson, Europe Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “It has helped to provide charitable support to many people in the UK, whether of Muslim faith or not, and has helped to provide young Muslims with the opportunity to establish networks and careers within British society.”
The MCB was developed as an umbrella organisation dedicated to the betterment of community and country. It was established in 1997 with the objective of “building an inclusive, positive and progressive British Muslim community” with a focus on “equal recognition and participation,” as stated by Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB.
Murad addressed those in attendance at the dinner by saying, “the positive contributions we make to humanity is something we and Britain should be proud of.” He emphasised the need to not only contribute to causes abroad but to also remember the importance of giving back to communities within the UK. He said it is critical that in these times of economic hardship they continue to invest back into the community that has given them so much.
“As a Muslim community, they are focused on helping others and reaching out to them, whether it’s the need of someone in the UK suffering poverty or some other need in a far off country,” said Elder Herbertson. He also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity he had to learn about and encourage the work being done within this notable organisation that has been able to have such a positive influence.
“The dinner was a great opportunity to show our support to the MCB and to develop stronger relationships with the Muslim community,” said Elder Herbertson. “We were grateful for the chance we had to develop a better understanding of the Muslim community and to build upon the common grounds and values that both faiths maintain.”