A Muslim place of worship and educational centre has been opened at Gilwell Park. The new facility provides a place for Muslim Scouts to pray and all Scouts to develop their understanding of Islam. Over 300 Scouts and Adult Volunteers from across the UK and around the World were present at the official opening last Saturday. This iconic moment illustrates the development of Muslim Scouting in the UK.
The aim of the new facility is to provide a place to pray for the growing number of Muslim scouts in the UK and Muslim visitors to the activity centre from across the world. Having a Muslim place of worship at Gilwell Park further demonstrates the diversity of Scouting across the world. Of the world’s 40 million Scouts almost a third are of the Muslim faith. The facility is located near the long established, Buddhist Sala, Jewish Prayer Centre, Roman Catholic Chapel, Anglican place of worship and multi faith outdoor facility.
Yousif Eltom, a member of the Muslim Scout Fellowship commented “We are proud to have opened the new prayer and educational centre at Gilwell Park, the home of Scouting adventure. The aim of the new facility is to provide a place to pray for the growing number of Muslim scouts in the UK and Muslim visitors to the activity centre from across the world. It will also be a place for all Scouts to further develop their understanding of Islam”.
A further key element of the new centre is to establish a place of learning and understanding about Islam for those of all faiths and those with no faith. The facility will be running workshops and activities throughout the year, especially at large scale adventure events hosted by Gilwell Park. The building also contains interactive educational material for Scouts to enjoy during their visits and promote a common understanding with scouts from across the world.
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