At "Living Islam" Family Festival, Muslims Examine What it Means to be Muslim and British

August 2, 2005

Source: BBC News

On August 2, 2005 BBC News reported, "Several thousand British Muslims have gathered to pray in a field in rural Lincolnshire. Over a nearby hedge, children are jumping on a big pink bouncy castle. Side by side, boys and girls have formed friendly football teams. Stalls are selling everything from Islamic literature to coffee cake. This is Living Islam, a festival which its organisers call Britain's largest Muslim family extravaganza. It is a four day event which has brought Muslims from Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, London and beyond to camp together in the green open space of the Lincolnshire Showgrounds. The Islamic Society of Britain organised this event months before the London bombings. Now the gathering intended to focus on faith and fun has taken on an extra dimension... [D]uck inside the brightly striped big top, and the mood is serious. Here there are lectures and discussions about how to live within British society. Today's key speech has the title, 'Being British and Being Muslim.' There is genuine soul searching here about what it means and how it feels to be a British Muslim, in a month of bombings and attempted bombings apparently carried out by Muslims."