In celebration of Islam Awareness Week, Lynne Featherstone MP on Thursday engaged in lively debates with local worshippers at Wightman Road Mosque in Harringay. The Hornsey and Wood Green MP was taking questions from locals at a very well attended Haringey Muslim Network and Safety Forum. The discussions touched on issues ranging from war in Iraq, to what can be done about the negative portrayal of Muslims in the media, to how to set up a political forum for young people. The local mosque has long been hailed as a ‘model mosque’ for its engagement with the local community through public forums, open days and celebrated youth work.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“It’s great to be back at Wightman Road Mosque and especially to mark this year’s Islam Awareness Week. This year’s theme is ‘the Best of British’, and this mosque really epitomises that with its outstanding youth work and real effort to engage with the local community.
“This forum is a brilliant example of the work that takes place here. It’s clear that people feel comfortable raising issues close to their hearts. We had an excellent and lively debate tonight, and I certainly got plenty of food for thought.”