Do you work with the Muslim community and want to know more about their faith? Don’t know what to believe in the media? Would you like to dispel myths and learn about this world religion?

Who is it for?

  • Those who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of Islam
  • Non-Muslim Public and Private Sector professionals such as: managers, teachers, police, social workers, probation service staff etc. working with Muslim communities
  • Those who are responsible for developing community cohesion strategies and action plans
  • Religious groups of other faiths

This 1 day course has been specifically designed to raise awareness and improve understanding of this world religion. The course will also give you an insight on what Islam has contributed to the West, thus dispelling myths and common misconceptions.

Programme

  • Islamic Culture
  • Key Terms & Concepts
  • Clarifying Misconceptions
  • Beliefs
  • Women in Islam
  • Muslim Contribution to the World
  • Islam & Terrorism

The amount of negative stories about Muslims in the UK was demonising a whole religion the Leveson Inquiry has heard. Inayat Bunglawala, consultant editor to ENGAGE, appeared at the Inquiry to present evidence on representations of Islam and Muslims in the British media.

In its written submission to the Leveson Inquiry, ENGAGE highlighted the inadequate provisions in the Press Complaints Commission’s Code of Practice to handle third party complaints and its negative cumulative impact on processes for redress of grievance.

It also heard that the excessive media attention granted to fringe Muslim groups to demonised the wider British Muslim population; and instances of gross misrepresentation or fabrication in the production of news stories relating to Islam and British Muslims fuelled a false narrative.

ENGAGE stated in its written submission, “In consideration of the enormous impact of coverage that is proven to be inaccurate, inflammatory, prejudicial and detrimental to the representation of social groups in society, whether composed of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability, the exclusion of ‘third party’ complaints is deeply unsatisfactory and remains a grave deficit in the complaints handling powers and procedures of the Press Complaints Commission.

“A more robust system of self-regulation is required, one which mandates the right of third party complainants to challenge misrepresentations, inaccuracies and false reporting.

“British Muslims as a social group collectively suffer from poor media practices, whether this be the excessive attention granted to fringe Muslim groups, like Muslims Against Crusades, by the media or poor fact-checking prior to publication.

“Improving media practices and media responsibility on portraying and reporting fairly on Islam and British Muslims, without bias or discrimination or intent to incite anti-Muslim prejudice, is an urgent concern.”

” We need to organise more of these sessions to enable engagement. “International Symposium on Tackling Extremism

” This course provided a lot of material to consider around my work with those ‘hard to reach’ ” Claire

“This course broadened my knowledge on how youth work can be applied in a Muslim youth work setting” Yasmin

“I have learned what components make up culture and what to be aware of when working with members of the community” Martin

“My personal thoughts on this event is that this is very educational and if these events take place more around the country more youngsters would take part. I learned about respect and participating ” Shahid

“I have been inspired to a lot more with my life” Hamza

“I would recommend this course to other workers in our service, Youth Offending Team, Youth Development and Support Service” Patrick

“Best programme i’ve been on!” Thomas

“Thank you both very much. A very difficult subject handled well.” Police officer

“May I take this opportunity to thank you for the work you did for us in facilitating the workshop at our AGM conference. You will be interested to know that we had very positive feed back on your presentation.” NCVYS (National Council for Voluntary Youth Services)

“It has made me think about ‘expression’; how it is encouraged and supported”
“Extremely informative and well presented” Youth Service Annual Conference

“An innovative set of resources that have helped the pupils at our school really overcome some prejudices” High School – PHSCE Dept.

“MYS came in to provide an excellent inset for staff. The session was interactive, informative and challenged us. We will be inviting them again.” High School

“We need to organise more of these sessions to enable engagement.”

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This is a 2 day intensive course, specifcally designed for Muslim workers, which draws from the authentic sources of Islam. It is ideal if you want to gain a better understanding of how to explore youth work, faith and culture in a Muslim context. No previous experience of youth work is needed.

Who is it for?

  • Community Workers
  • Imams
  • Parents
  • Care Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Mentors
  • Anyone with a genuine concern to help Muslim youth, but don’t know where to start

Increasingly, Muslim youth are being affected by issues never before seen; gang and gun crime, to drugs & alcohol; from relationships and teenage pregnancies to questions of sexuality; from crisis on identity and citizenship to being apparently under pressure of being drawn into violent extremism.

This can be overwhelming and leave one feeling that there is little that can be done. We must respond. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to the nearest meaning: ‘If the last hour strikes and it finds you carrying a nursling tree to the grove for planting, go ahead and plant it” (Musnad ibn Hanbal). We must do what we can in our capacity.

Allah the Almighty also reminds us that no change will come, except by following the Divine rule: ‘Verily Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves” (The Qur’an Chapter 13, Verse 11).

Muslim Youth Skills, through this course, aims to improve the capacity of the community to meet the challenges faced; produce trained individuals who understand today’s context, are able to respond to needs and importantly, are directed by the principles and ethics of Islam.

Whether you are a parent, youth worker, Imam or madrassah teacher wanting to enhance your understanding and knowledge of working with young Muslims, then this course is a must. In this course you will learn the generic principles and practice of youth work and importantly, Islamic values that underpin ‘Muslim Youth Work’.

Over the two days you will learn:

  • Contemporary methods used to build relationships
  • The importance of communication and types
  • The cornerstones of youth work
  • Issues affecting young Muslims
  • How to plan needs-responsive projects
  • The role of the Muslim worker

Many participants have enjoyed developing their basic youth work skills, gained an understanding of today’s context and learned of responses from the Qur’an and Sunnah, helping to contribute to some of their successes.

“I did not expect to be given so many references to the Prophet (saw) and the Qur’an – loved it.”

“Jazak Allah for your efforts, MashaAllah by the Grace of Allah that was a top course!” Wasseem

“I can relate my work of youth and community work to my belief in Islam.”

As more young people are turning to gun and particularly knife crime, there is a great need to reverse the cycle of senseless violence that we see on our streets. We are able to offer you workshops facilitated by ex-gang members and professional rap artists who will share their experiences, the myths and the realities of this type of lifestyle.

Can be delivered to various audiences

  • Schools
  • Youth Clubs
  • Community Groups

Workshops

  • Gun and Knife crime
  • Gangs
  • Drugs

A full day course which provides a practical and systematic method to developing inclusive practice for youth and community groups.

Who is it for?

  • Youth & Community Workers
  • Connexions Workers
  • Care Workers
  • Social Work Staff
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Anyone who wants to engage and empower those ‘hard to reach’, isolated and marginalised

Participants will have the opportunity to build upon their existing knowledge and skills, whilst developing their understanding of how to engage ‘hard to reach’ and disadvantaged groups of young people.

The course uses the ‘Four Areas Model’©, a systematic way of identify barriers preventing access, identifying needs and providing solutions to meet the Every Child Matters agenda outcomes. The model is generic and therefore it can be used in many contexts. If you have a specific group that you want to work with, please get in touch for free advice.

Book yourself onto the course

A workshop looking at key terms and concepts around culture and diversity.

Who is it for?

  • Youth & Community Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Care Workers
  • Teaching Staff

Themes:

  • One World
  • Concepts of culture
  • Benefits of being culturally aware
  • Cultural Awareness and its importance and relevance to working with diverse groups

In this three hour workshop, there will ample opportunity for discussion and enquiry to contextualise learning to work practice.