As part of the Foundation’s projects for the National Interfaith Week 2015, the Foundation held a very well attended student-led seminar at Imperial College, London. The seminar on “British Values: What they are and what do they mean to me?” was organised in partnership with the Islamic Society and in association with the Jewish Society..
The speakers as well as participants during the Q & A argued that British values are universal values and as such common to all people. They felt that it must be made clear that one does not need to choose between religion and nationality. Values such as freedom, tolerance and social responsibility are Islamic as well as British values. As far as the respect for the law is concerned, the law of the land should be followed by everybody regardless of their religion. However, undue pressure on the Muslim community is counter effective and can become the cause of isolation or disengagement.
By majority vote it was agreed that these seminars are very helpful to the students and the foundation should continue to hold them.
Co-operation between the foundation and Imperial College is ongoing.