This project was launched by the Muslim Youth League UK sisters Halifax in 2008. The aim of the school project is to build community cohesion by connecting with local secondary schools in the local areas; to deliver workshops, discuss issues which affect young people, create awareness about Islam along with other issues.

MYL-S Halifax is in the process of working with three secondary schools in Halifax. Having successfully organised and delivered a 3-hour workshop at The Calder High School Halifax in January 2009. This workshop was about the true message of Islam, terrorism and bullying.

Two MYL-S Halifax members, Tahira Afzal and Safoora Akhtar delivered and facilitated the workshop. 30 students from year 7 to year 11 from different backgrounds took part in the workshop along with many teachers including the Head Teacher Mr Stephen Ball, who was very impressed and happy about the outcome of the workshop.

The majority of the participants were not Muslim; at the end they all expressed how useful the workshop was to them. The material used was developed through the works of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.

During the workshop Minhaj-ul-Quran International, MYL UK and Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri were introduced to the participants by the MYL Halifax sisters. Quotes such as: “ISLAM is all about Peace, Harmony, Interfaith Dialogue and Human Rights” (Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri) were discussed and the true concept of Islam was talk about through the works of Shaykh-ul-Islam.

At the end of the workshop the participants had the opportunity to ask questions and give their feedback. Some of the feedback, which was given, was:

“This man (Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri) sounds like a great scholar, he should be on TV”

“I like the way you teach it is in an open way and we can share our views openly too”

“Really enjoyed talking about the different issues”

“We want to do drama in the future”

“Talk more about why Muslims can’t drink alcohol”

“Loved it I learnt so much things”

“It’s nice to talk openly about issues such as terrorism”

MYL-S Halifax would like to thank the students and teachers at The Calder High School for working in connection with us to develop integration and cohesion in the community and we look forward to working alongside them and other schools in the near future.

This was the first workshop, which MYL-S Halifax organised and delivered and it was a great success; Alhamdulillah, all due to the blessings of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.

MYL-S Halifax would especially like to thank Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri for their countless efforts towards presenting the true peaceful message of Islam and for making it possible for us to help develop community cohesion through their works and blessings.

This project is an ongoing project. There will be many more workshops taking place at different schools in the Halifax area Insha’Allah.

A massive congratulation to the MYL-S Halifax team for launching an amazing initiative from MYLUK-S!