Our Muslim neighbours at Stepping Stones invited Asha and others in the neighbourhood of Shelton to meet, eat and network to breakdown stereotypes of who we are and what we represent and to strengthen a sense of a shared community.
Angela, a new volunteer and four Asha users including a Mum with two children took up offer. The basic tenets of Islam were outlined, three musicians with drums sang some sacred songs and several local speakers described where they came from before everyone enjoyed a delicious meal. After this there was an opportunity for a guided tour of the Masjid or Mosque. Our group brought up the rear and it was a moving moment when the chairman went in search for a copy of the Quran in Arabic for one of Asha’s new arrivals. He returned with what he described as a very special edition. It would be fair to say that this simple act of thoughtfulness meant a great deal to the recipient. The afternoon was rounded off with more networking and delicious cakes to see us on our way.