What is Islamophobia Awareness Month, and how can I get involved?

Friday 04-11-2022 - 13:37

Islamophobia is described as “any distinction, exclusion or restriction towards, or preference against Muslims or Islam”.

Islamophobia Awareness Month was born in 2012, founded by a group of several Muslim organisations.

Every November in the UK, the positive contributions of Muslims are celebrated during Islamophobia Awareness Month, as well as raising awareness of Islamophobia in our society.

 


 

Support surrounding Islamophobia from The Union and the University

 

Students have access to support from the University Chaplains, who work closely with local faith societies and University staff.

You can talk to the Chaplains at any time, about loads of different topics. Matters of faith and spirituality, general advice and advocacy is all available if you need it. As well as just a friendly listening ear, if life ever gets overwhelming.

There’re a few ways for you to get in touch with a chaplain or faith leader at Manchester Met, as well as accessing support at The Union:

 

+ If you’re in need of spiritual guidance, you can contact our Chaplains Mohammed Ullah and Umm Issa, or by texting 07717 483454.

+ If you’re experiencing Islamophobia at University, you can contact the The Union’s Advice Centre at by phone on 0161 247 6533 or email at s.u.advice@mmu.ac.uk.

 


 

How The Union are commemorating Islamophobia Awareness Month

 

The below events are open to all students, regardless of faith and background. So come and get involved, timings are currently TBC so keep an eye on the events pages to stay up to date.

 

MEND Exhibition

 

MEND is a not-for-profit company that helps to empower and encourage British Muslims in local communities to be more actively involved in British media and politics.

We’re putting on an exhibition across 8 and 9 November in The Union’s Reception for students to learn something new.

It’s a great opportunity for students to and learn about the contribution of British Muslims in the growth and development of the country.

The exhibition’s always a great way to raise awareness about British Muslims and Islamophobia.

 


 

Q+A with Chaplain Umm Issa

 

Join us at The Union’s Conference Suite on 11 November at 14:00 - 16:00, for a Q+A, to discuss themes like Islamophobia, what it means to be Muslim. Come along and get all your questions or queries answered by the University Chaplin, Umm Issa.

 


 

Feel Good Friday: Islamic Epoch Celebration

 

Join us at The Union all day on November 18, for a Feel-Good Friday event dedicated to Islamic Epoch Celebration.

We’ll be hosting activities such as Arabic calligraphy and more, ISOC will be doing a Hijab and Abaya try on and there’ll be free food.

More details to be confirmed, so keep your eye on the event page if you're interested.

 


 

Mindfulness Day

 

Come join us on 25 November in The Union’s Conference Suite from 12:00 - 18:00, for a day of education, mindfulness, and writing.

Co led by our BAME ambassadors, there’ll be Islamic Geometry prints and discussions on what Islamophobia is and what Islam means to you.

 


 

If you’ve got any questions about any of the above events, get in touch with Tayyaba.

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