Cardiff working group is one of the youngest yet most energetic working groups in the country. Started in the capital of Wales in late 2015, a devoted group of coffee addicts, football fans, skydivers, teachers, mothers, scientists, engineers, youth workers, business people and students all gathered for one aim: to tackle Islamophobia and engage Muslims in politics and media. We are proud of our Welsh identity, and there is no way we would put out the dragon’s flames against hate and bigotry.
We are a group of highly committed and self-motivated individuals who take issues that matter to the Muslim community seriously, working with many Muslim and non-Muslim organisations to build a broad-base alliances against Islamophobia. Our volunteers range from 9 to 70 years old and we accommodate for their needs, tailor their roles on the basis of their interests, as well as harness their skills to develop and fulfil their potential, generating holistic leaders for the cause. We believe that we are ordinary people but we can do extraordinary things, and MEND is one of the means to do that. We also believe that God will hold us accountable for what actions we take in this testing and difficult time for Muslims, as a result we strive to make God at the centre of our intentions, thoughts and actions, hoping for them to be accepted.
As Malcolm X said, “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”
Here, in Cardiff Working Group we stand for equality and justice for all. We envisage a generation of Muslims who have a strong identity, are able to express their faith confidently in a pluralistic and multi-cultural society, and are able to articulate their issues fluently.
We have dreams: a dream not to be seen as the other, a dream where everyone is an equal citizen, a dream where Islam is a recognised, integral part of the fabric of British society.
We will not spare any time or effort until we realise our dreams.
They will come true; will you be a part of it?