Zeshan Akhter reports from her panel discussion at the faith screening of the seminal climate change film ‘Age of Stupid’ at the Edinburgh Filmhouse. She was joined by Rabbi David Rose and Percy Patrick of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).
Archive for March, 2009
Today saw the launch of Unity Family Services in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. It’s a new initiative aiming to tackle family breakdown within the Muslim community.
Its chairman is Sunday Times Rich List member and respected thinker Azeem Ibrahim. It’s on-the-ground operations though are led by Shaykh Amer Jamil who was born and brought up in Glasgow, but has spent the last decade studying Islamic sciences and jurisprudence in the Middle East, with a special interest in family law.
As far as we are concerned at SIF, we would support whatever he turned his hand to on his return to Scotland. We are crying out for more Islamic scholars with both a deep knowledge of their faith and of society here. That he’s taking on such an important issue, makes our commitment even more imperative.
The sentencing of Neil MacGregor, who threatened to behead a Muslim a week and blow up Glasgow Central Mosque, has been deferred till March 27th for review of a report which was not available.
UPDATE 27/03/09: Sentencing has been deferred again till Friday 17th April
Arrived home safe and sound. The trip was extremely worthwhile, especially in terms of making new contacts and promoting the Etisal expo.
I’d like to thank the MCB’s Business and Economics Committee for taking us with them. The BEC is made up of some outstanding individuals, and they also make a very complimentary team with their various skillsets and talents. This is just one committee of the organisation, so it says something for its overall strength. I wish them well in their future works, especially as they seem to have some very exciting bits of work on the go.
My dispatch from the final day of the World Islamic Economic Forum is Iqbal Khan’s speech on the global financial crisis. He is one of the most inspiring individuals I have met. I’ve got a propensity to like people that have strong principles, but also manage to carry them out successfully in reality. He’s one of the top Islamic bankers around, is full of knowledge and wisdom, and as CEO of Fajr Capital, a highly successful entrepreneur to boot.
The pre-forum events of the World Islamic Economic Forum took place today, namely the Businesswomen and Young Leaders Forums.
Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak, chair of the WIEF young leaders network, kicked off the day commenting on the economic crisis, saying that it “wasn’t a crisis in the system, but of the system”, and that a radical overhaul was needed. The Muslim world was in a strong position because of liquidity in the Middle East and the principles of Islamic finance. The latter could be the foundations of a necessary new architecture.
Dato’ Dr Norraesah Mohamad, chair of the WIEF Businesswomen Network pointed out that women would be the most affected by the downturn, particularly in terms of unemployment. The irony is that if women had been more prominent, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in – men are risk takers. If only it had been Lehman Sisters instead of Lehman Brothers.