Masjid E Saliheen in Blackburn have launched their own Scout group.

Local district commissioners and officers from the Scouts Association visited the mosque to host a ceremony to officially welcome children and volunteers to the scouting movement.

Scouting has become very popular within the Muslim community with over 500 children and adults taking part in scouting activities every week.

Saliheen Scouts have launched with 20 children and five volunteers. Saliheen Scouts GSL Hawa Vasyat is urging more people to come forward to help get more children involved in activities which promote social skills and helps create the future leaders of tomorrow.

Abid Saleh, District Commissioner of Blackburn Scouts who attended on the day said, “It’s incredibly pleasing to see a Scout group open in the Queens Park area of Blackburn. I have no doubt Saliheen Scouts is going to very successful and I look forward to seeing the group grow in the coming years.”

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Community engagement lead Samir Khan at Masjid e Saliheen said: “It is great to see community projects taking place within the mosque and this is the first of many for the young people of our community, it is our duty to ensure young people are given the correct platforms to develop and become valued British citizens, “I urge anyone with project ideas to come forward and speak to the management who will be happy to facilitate.”

This latest initiative comes after the mosque launched a bid to involve more women using the facility. One of the Masjid’s biggest successes have been a group of dedicated and passionate women have established a scouts group within the masjid which runs on a weekly basis.

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