The Secours islamique de France celebrates 20 years in Paris

Le Parisien – June 22, 2012

The Secours islamique de France (SIF) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exposition in a “humanitarian village” in Paris, which will then travel to Lyon and St-Denis. The SIF’s first humanitarian mission dates to April 1992 during the Bosnian War. The organization has an annual budget of 21 million Euros, more than 500 volunteers and 115 employees. It has participated in 19 missions to date.

National Muslim youthwork coordinator appointed

The Scottish-Islamic Foundation have appointed Scotland’s first national Muslim youth development officer. Faisal Hussein has been selected to fulfil the role for the next three years. The job’s remit is to support, extend and network current provision for Muslim youth across Scotland. This includes working with local groups as well as mosques. The post was created through funding gained by SIF through the Scottish Government’s Race, Religion and Refugee Integration fund. Hussein has had a longstanding experience in Muslim youth work. Formerly he was the driver behind the establishment of the Yusuf Youth Initiative in Dundee, where he, along with other local young Muslims, established a multi-functional youth centre within a couple of years with very little public or voluntary sector funding.

Youth need more time to integrate – Muslim leader

Scotland’s first Muslim youth development officer has called for changes to the intensive after-school system of teaching school children about Islam, amid fears that it leaves them with little time to integrate with their non-Muslim peers. Faisal Hussein, 27, last week took up the full-time role with the government-backed Scottish Islamic Foundation (SIF) and his aim is to support and extend the support for young Muslims by working with community groups and mosques. Hussein will launch a study into the provision of Madressahs – the Islamic voluntary-run education system – after conceding the intensive after-school lessons led by imams at mosques and family homes leave young people with too little time for community activities which are a key part of integration. Around 10,000 Scottish youngsters are estimated to attend the projects with a further 60,000 in England and Wales, between the ages of five and 16. Community leaders believe the teachings, which involve learning the Qur’an, help develop children into model citizens while maintaining their religious and cultural heritage. Hussein said: “We are talking about thousands of kids who are going to the mosque for two or three hours a day to attend Madressah. Young kids are also spending six or seven hours a day in school and by the time they get home often don’t have time to become involved in community activities. “I remember finishing school at 4pm, going to Madressah and returning home to do my homework. After that, there wasn’t time to do anything but go to bed. We have to help integrate young people and activities such as playing football with other children helps that process. A lot of my non-Muslim friends did that, but I wasn’t able to.

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National Muslim youthwork coordinator appointed

The Scottish-Islamic Foundation have appointed Scotland’s first national Muslim youth development officer. Faisal Hussein has been selected to fulfill the role for the next three years. The job’s remit is to support, extend and network current provision for Muslim youth across Scotland. This includes working with local groups as well as mosques. The post was created through funding gained by SIF through the Scottish Government’s Race, Religion and Refugee Integration fund. Hussein has had a longstanding experience in Muslim youth work. Formerly he was the driver behind the establishment of the Yusuf Youth Initiative in Dundee, where he, along with other local young Muslims, established a multi-functional youth centre within a couple of years with very little public or voluntary sector funding.

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National Muslim youthwork coordinator appointed

The Scottish-Islamic Foundation have appointed Scotland’s first national Muslim youth development officer. Faisal Hussein has been selected to fulfil the role for the next three years. The job’s remit is to support, extend and network current provision for Muslim youth across Scotland. This includes working with local groups as well as mosques. The post was created through funding gained by SIF through the Scottish Government’s Race, Religion and Refugee Integration fund. Hussein has had a longstanding experience in Muslim youth work. Formerly he was the driver behind the establishment of the Yusuf Youth Initiative in Dundee, where he, along with other local young Muslims, established a multi-functional youth centre within a couple of years with very little public or voluntary sector funding.

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Scots Islamic group hits back at ‘jealous sniping’

The Scottish Islamic Foundation (SIF) has hit back at criticism about the support the organisation has received from the Scottish Government, calling it “misinformed or jealous sniping”. Osama Saeed, the interim chief executive of SIF, is an SNP candidate for the next Westminster election and believes this has been at the root of press attacks on its funding arrangements. The government insisted the _210,000 grant given to constitute the group in March and further aid of _190,000 under the Race, Religion and Refugee Integration Fund had been recommended by independent assessors under proper procedures. Mr Saeed said accusations of favouritism were inaccurate given that other organisations working with Muslims also received grants from the fund, including some groups with strong Labour Party links. The SIF had no permanent staff yet but strict appointment procedures would be followed, said Mr Saeed, pointing out at board level and among volunteers there was cross-party representation. A statement from SIF cited public support from a range of individuals and groups, and added: “There are a tiny handful of people who have been engaged in what others in the wider community are seeing as misinformed or jealous sniping.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=7DE52DD66FF4235074EEC4B5&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

New Islamic body to be launched in Edinburgh

An organisation seeking a “new engagement” for Scottish Muslims will be launched in Edinburgh later this month. The event is scheduled to be addressed by First Minister Alex Salmond. The Scottish-Islamic Foundation (SIF) is led by second and third generation Muslims and converts to the faith, and their launch comes just a few days before the anniversary of the Glasgow Airport attack. The Foundation runs a leadership training programme, which aims to teach Muslims how their faith demands they be good citizens. They believe that Scotland can play an important role in bringing civilisations together. Osama Saeed, Chief Executive of SIF, said: “Research has shown Scottish Muslims are very comfortable with their identity, and this is an example our country can take to the rest of Europe. We don’t need to have the same debate about integration we see elsewhere, and it means we can talk about how Muslims can now further deepen their contribution to the country. “In that respect, our five aims are firmly rooted within the Islamic tradition but may surprise some – freedom, respect, education, families and justice.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=CFB31FC451C3E2938055DFA7&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News