'Our Heritage' Facebook Campaign Launched By Scottish Muslim Heritage Trust
As some of you may know, I recently accepted a position in the Community Interests department at Napiershall Formula. In this new role, I am involved in many exciting projects and initiatives for Scotland. One of these projects which my team and I have been developing is Scottish Muslim Heritage Trust.
Scottish Muslim Heritage Trust is for you and me. It is for your parents and my parents, your grandparents and my grandparents, your children and my children. It is for those of you who, like me, came from other parts of the world and it is for those of you who were born and raised in Scotland. It is for all Scottish Muslims.
Scottish Muslim Heritage Trust is a platform for researching, exploring, celebrating, archiving and promoting the vibrant heritage of Scotland’s Muslim communities. Our Arab, Iraqi, Syrian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities are but a few of those which have great, untold stories to share of amazing journeys and contributions to Scotland.
The campaign will consist of a number of different phases. I will share details of each of these with you in due course, but I can reveal that the first of these will be an online social media campaign entitled ‘Our Heritage’. My team and I plan to update this weekly by uploading to Facebook Scottish Muslim Heritage Trust short accounts, pictures, video blogs and artefacts, which reveal the stories of Scottish Muslims’ incredible journeys.
Let us come together and dig out old photographs, share artefacts and tell these great stories. We all have amazing stories to tell. One which I look forward to sharing with you is that of my father’s tea flask. When my father came to the UK from Pakistan in 1960 he had no money; he had to borrow money from a villager just to get by. He had very few possessions, just a handful of clothes, and a tea flask. I still have this tea flask, and I can’t wait to tell the story of its journey to you.
To ensure the success of this campaign, I request and encourage that you share your own stories. What untold stories does your family have? Do you know who built the first Mosque in Scotland? Who the first Scottish Muslim scientist was? The first shopkeeper, the first halal butcher or even the first bus driver? What were the challenges they faced?
Come and talk to me and the rest of the team on Facebook.
Tag, share, like, use the hashtag #MuslimsInScotland and help us identify the amazing individuals who have made their mark on Scottish Muslim life.
Get involved and let us share the great news of what makes Scotland the rich, vibrant, inclusive country which we, the Scottish Muslims, are so proud of.