Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

by Sajid Hussain

Chair, Muslim Sports activities Basis

The Muslim Sports activities Basis (MSF) was born out of historic inequalities and boundaries confronted by our group when it comes to equal entry and participation in bodily exercise and sports activities – disparities that had been later exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We’re a nationwide organisation representing the voice and serving the wants of the group and, as such, we have now carried out programmes and initiatives up and down the nation concentrating on areas of the best deprivation. Together with latest work supported by Sport England, by the Collectively Fund.

Our imaginative and prescient relies on creating sustainable programmes that present a holistic resolution to the disparities confronted by our communities. 

At MSF, we work intently with strategic companions, nationwide governing our bodies (NGBs) and associates however, critically, the muse establishes its personal group growth programmes through our tremendously profitable supply arm Ansar (helpers).

Ansar is our very personal safe-based platform of inclusive and efficient engagement, and thru it we have now recorded participation from combined ethnic and nationwide backgrounds, together with kids from numerous and disadvantaged socio-economic teams throughout the nation, with periods and programmes designed to nurture individuals’s bodily, psychological, and religious wants.

Islam, sport and bodily exercise

The Islamic identification has a common issue that harnesses a way of commonality by shared every day routines (prayers, supplications and ritualistic traditions) dietary necessities, spiritual observations and festivals (Ramadhan and Eid).

Traditionally, Muslims inside the UK have been labelled as belonging to the precise continents or geographic areas that their ancestors immigrated from, however this historic failing and misrepresentation doesn’t acknowledge or addresses the idea of an rising and impartial British Muslim identification.

Additionally historically, there was an evident failure to successfully interact these key communal institutes, resulting in a scarcity of belief in main nationwide organisations and authorities initiatives.

We perceive from our session work that there are important boundaries and failures in relation to partaking Muslim communities in sport, together with islamophobia, poor engagement methods, taboos round Islamic costume code and different historic components which might be divisive and create ‘otherness’ for British Muslims.

Failure to recognise and accommodate the above components has performed a big function in the established order of Muslims being the least lively of all spiritual denominations.

Our analysis, engagement and expertise dictated {that a} key strategic a part of the Muslim group is the native Mosque and night faculty (Madrassahs).

So, we thought we must always incorporate these with a purpose to sort out the historic neglect and detrimental notion of the relation between Islam and sport and bodily exercise.

And that’s how final month the MSF determined to make use of mosques and madrassahs because the areas for our nationwide marketing campaign, ‘Lively Sunnah‘. 

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