Citizens UK and Iqra

Students enjoying their computing lesson.

Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. 

They are the home of community organising in the UK. Their diverse member organisations include schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, parents groups, health practice, charities and trade unions. Iqra is proud to be associated with this organisation and this page is dedicated to featuring some of the projects that we, as a school, have become involved in. 

Community organising is democracy in action: winning victories that change lives and transform communities.

The Citizens UK vision is for a healthy democracy with civil society at its heart.

 

Once a year, Muslims gather together in Mecca and stand before the Kaaba praising Allah together.

London Accountability Assembly

 

On May 7th Iqra’s senior leaders and  other representative staff, attended the Citizens UK London Accountability Assembly at Southwark Cathedral.

In fact, representatives from community groups right across London met together to celebrate the work and achievements of Citizens UK as well as to speak directly to Council Leaders, asking them to renew their pledges on a range of issues including housing, youth safety, cleaner air and Islamaphobia. 

The event was attended by several hundred people from a diverse range of backgrounds and organisations and was concluded by a wonderful iftar which Iqra had pleasure in providing!

 

 

 

Cleaner Air & Anti Idling

Iqra has long been an exponent of the cleaner air for London agenda, mindful of the harmful effect vehicle emissions can have on our children’s developing lungs. 

At our school, we hold regular curriculum events, have established a walking bus, survey our children each week on how they travel to school – encouraging methods other than by car and we are always looking to expand our actions with the support of our parents, our community and our local neighbours.

Citizens support us fully in this pledge and have contributed to our actions, as well as supporting our endeavours to raise the issue at local and even local governmental level. 

Read more about our exciting work here

Islamaphobia

As Muslims living and working in London, we are keen to present a true and positive image of Islam, encouraging our pupils to embrace their faith in the context of growing up as full and productive citizens in a diverse and dynamic community. At the same time, we are mindful that sometimes our community may be the target for Islamaphobic responses and we therefore feel an obligation to counter this in all its forms, for the security and safety of all of society. 

Citizens UK embrace this agenda too and, together with Iqra as well as a wide range of other community organisations and partners, we hope to work alongside local and national government to embrace this issue and work towards an aspiration that one day, it can be all but eradicated. 

The Hajjis or pilgrims wear simple white clothes called Ihram.