Muslim Scouts enjoy day of joy and learning with Muslim Stars SEND group

Date published: 06 December 2023

A unique scout session was recently held at Neeli Mosque in Rochdale, dedicated to a group for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Members of the Muslim Scouts group attended the session with the Muslim Stars group for a day filled with joy, learning, and meaningful interactions.

The Muslim Scouts, known for their diverse activities ranging from cooking and hiking to canoeing and team building, took a delightful turn in their routine to engage with the Muslim Stars.

This initiative marked a significant step in fostering inclusivity and understanding among children with different abilities.

The mosque buzzed with excitement as the Scouts and Stars came together. The children from the Muslim Stars, a group that has been running for over a year, focusing on children with special educational needs, welcomed their peers with open arms.

The event was testament to the Stars’ programme, which uses craft-making to teach children about Islam in an engaging and accessible way.

As the day unfolded, the children bonded over various activities. They immersed themselves in story-reading sessions, which not only entertained but also educated them about the rich heritage of Islam. The joy of creativity was evident as they played with playdough, shaping and moulding their imagination.


The Muslim Scouts and the Muslim Stars


In an inspiring display of leadership and inclusion, the Muslim Scouts took the lead in organising several games. These activities were not just fun but also served as a platform for the children to learn about teamwork, respect, and empathy.

One of the highlights of the day was an improvised football match in the mosque’s open area, a match about breaking barriers and building friendships. The laughter and cheers echoed the underlying message of unity and camaraderie.

Lalain Meskyzadeh, of Muslim Stars, said: “The session was a resounding success, leaving a lasting impression on everyone involved. It was a reminder of the importance of inclusivity and the role such initiatives play in fostering a sense of belonging and community spirit.

“The Muslim Scouts and Muslim Stars have set a remarkable example of how children, irrespective of their abilities, can come together to learn, play, and grow.

“This unique collaboration between the Muslim Scouts and Muslim Stars is not just a single event but a beacon of hope and a model for similar initiatives in the future. It underscores the importance of inclusive activities in educational and recreational settings, ensuring that every child, regardless of their ability, feels valued and included.”

Both groups typically meet every Friday, with the Muslim Stars at Neeli Mosque from 5.30 to 6.30pm during term time, and the Muslim Scouts at Eden House, from 6.30 to 7.30pm.

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