Being a British Muslim

April 25, 2023

Collage by Exposure using images of prayer and silhouette of London both by mohamed_hassan from Pixabay

Hamza Ali celebrates his religious and cultural practices

Did you know there are nearly two billion Muslims in this world? I am one of them. My nan lived in Pakistan for a very long time. She was born there many years ago and then she came to England. Both my parents were born here and so was I.

Muslims from various walks of life found themselves in London as early as the 16th century but mass immigration of Muslims to Britain began after World War II. This was as a result of the destruction and labour shortages in the country caused by the war.

Islam is centred around the Quran (Muslim religious book). The Quran teaches us that every generation has been given its own prophet, bringing God’s message in a book.

“Allah understands our prayers, even when we can’t find the words to say them.”

As a young Muslim in the UK I feel proud that my culture has a great influence as there are a lot of mosques. In this way it brings all the community together and a lot of English people like our foods and spices which is something nice that people day by day are accepting of us more.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a time of fasting and reflecting

Friday prayers, called Jumma, is a holiday where Muslims go to the mosque, get together and pray to God.

I love this religion because I learn something new every day. It keeps me calm and helps with my patience. It also keeps my heart clean.

My message is that Islam teaches you to be a good Muslim and follow the right rules. It also teaches you there is no god but Allah. It tells you about Hajj (pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca) and Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is observed by Muslims worldwide as a time of fasting and reflecting. There is dawn-to-sunset fasting during Ramadan. Ramadan brings our community together.

Ramadan in 2023 was between 22 March and 21st April, so it has just finished.

“There is no god but Allah and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the messenger of god.”

Eid is a holiday within Islam, celebrated by Muslims worldwide because it marks the end of Ramadan.

According to historians, the first ever Quran can be traced back to the sixth or seventh century

The best memory of celebrating Eid and Ramadan is spending time with family and friends. We go to different mosques and try new food. It makes us more appreciative of everything that we have.

The best food which my mum makes during Ramadan is called fruit chaat, made with apples, bananas, strawberries, apples, oranges, sugar, freshly squeezed orange juice, masala and a hint off spice.

The first ever Quran was called The Birmingham Quran manuscript. According to historians, the book can be traced back to the sixth or seventh century.

I try reading the Quran – or any Islamic book – because this helps me improve my reading and mindset. It spreads positive messages to the world and you can get the Quran in English also.

In partnership with Harington, a charity supporting young adults with learning disabilities and/or difficulties into employment, further education or a more rewarding life.

Hamza is a student at Harington studying retail and has a weekend job in shisha lounge. He supports Liverpool FC and enjoys going to the gym and his Unitas youth club.

Hamza is a student at Harington studying retail and has a weekend job in shisha lounge. He supports Liverpool FC and enjoys going to the gym and his Unitas youth club.

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