Scouts join Iftar under the stars
Iftar under the stars was celebrated during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at Scout venues across the UK. The Iftars (breaking of the fast) were hosted by local Scout Groups in Halifax, Slough, Bristol and at Gilwell Park in London.
The Muslim Scout Fellowship invited Scouting families to join them in an evening of spiritual remembrance and prayer at Gilwell Park. Over 150 people attended the event in July. Families joined in an exciting treasure hunt around the park and later took part in prayers.
Yusuf Shaikh, 9, from 23rd Wembley Scouts, said: 'I really loved being in the open when breaking my fast. I had a wonderful time with my friends and hope there are more events like this in the future.'
The Muslim Scout Fellowship is the official body for Muslim adult Scout volunteers. It promotes Scouting in the Muslim community and is currently fundraising to build a mosque at Gilwell Park.
To find out more about the MSF visit ukmsf.org. You can support their efforts and help complete Gilwell Park’s faith walk by visiting justgiving.com/ukmsf. The faith walk allows Gilwell Park visitors to learn about different religions.
Scouting for all
Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background, and spiritual development is an important aspect of our programme. Interest from Muslim communities has continued to grow, with a 19% increase in the number of young people experiencing Scouting in predominantly Muslim Groups.
To find out more about spiritual development in Scouting, take a look at our resources.