EU Integration, Faith and Diversity in Scotland: A Shia Muslim Perspective

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SHAFAQNA – Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society held a momentous event within Scottish Parliament

“EU Integration, Faith and Diversity in Scotland: A Shia Muslim Perspective” Sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP, Chief Whip to the Scottish Government.

An unprecedented and key juncture within the engagement of the Shia Muslims in Western Europe: the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society held a momentous event within the Scottish Parliament on Wed 2nd March 2016 – sponsored by Scottish government Chief Whip Bill Kidd.

Titled “EU Integration, Faith and Diversity in Scotland: A Shia Muslim Perspective” the event highlighted the Scottish Shia Muslim communities as social and humanitarian stakeholders, celebrated Scotland’s renowned religious and cultural diversity, and sought to strengthen the societal integration of the Shia Muslims, and wider society, within Scotland, the UK and EU member states.

The Keynote speakers were Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society; Nicola Sturgeon MSP, the First Minister of Scotland; Katharina Von Schnurbein, Coordinator for the European Commission; RT Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and speeches by other distinguished guests.

The event was attended by VIPs representing the widest cross-section of Scottish Civic and Religious Society, Churches of all denominations, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faith and no-faith communities, consul generals from the diplomatic corps, as well as governmental officials and parliamentarians, deputations from all the Armed Services and the Police, Fire and Health Services, European Commission and EU parliamentary office representation, executives of healthcare charities, commercial and cultural organisations, UN accredited bodies, academics, civic and religious leaders, and representation from the Shia Muslim congregations of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.

Iftkhar Ali, vice-chairman of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, spoke on the event: “A huge thanks to Bill Kidd MSP for his immense support, and we pray that this milestone event fosters ever growing national and cross-border friendships between the Scottish Shia Muslim community and society at large.”

Ishrat Hussnain, vice-chairwoman of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society said: “We thank society as a whole for welcoming us as stakeholders and friends, united upon social work, peace and dialogue for the common good.”

Sources – ABNA

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