Wednesday 5th March 2014
The Muslim Research and Development Foundation was setup to help Muslims in the UK better understand their faith in today’s society and also to educate and assist the Muslim community in participating within the wider society in a constructive manner. The overall aim being to portray the correct message of Islam, but also to provide much needed answers to many of the challenges we face in our communities and society.
In working to fulfill these aims, the Foundation organises a number of events that allow for Muslim and Non-Muslims to come together in a peaceful family environment to help establish a real spirit of togetherness and community. One such event that aimed to bring our communities closer was the MRDF Family Funday at the LEGOLAND Windsor on Sunday 9th March 2014. This event was open to people of all faiths and backgrounds, aiming to create an enjoyable, safe and relaxing environment for children and families from all walks of life to have a fun and enjoyable day out. Over 4,000 people had already purchased their tickets for the event with almost 2 weeks remaining.
Unfortunately, during the last few weeks leading up to the event, several right-wing groups including the EDL and Casuals United along with others threatened both the visitors and employees of LEGOLAND in relation to this planned event. They threatened staff at LEGOLAND, staff at MRDF and aimed to disrupt families on the day of the event.
Together with these threats, publication of several articles in the national press helped fuel further hatred and resentment towards the event resulting in further negative impact on the security of the event. It was evident from these hate articles and threats that this was not an attack on MRDF alone but was an outright attack on Islam and Muslims in the UK.
Although we worked hard with LEGOLAND to find a solution to the threats and negative press, LEGOLAND made the decision to cancel the event as they could not guarantee the safety of the attendees and their staff.
We would like to sincerely apologise to all those who purchased tickets and those who worked hard to facilitate the event. God willing we will work harder in the near future to organise and bring about other similar events.
Friday 14th February 2014
The Family Funday 2014 at Legoland is an opportunity for the UK public to gather with British Muslims in a relaxed family environment. It is open to people from all faiths and cultures in an open and welcoming environment without the promotion of any particular ideology.
The real concern here is the threat to the cohesion of our community by far right groups linked to the EDL and Christian Patrols. We should not be intimidated by violent threats to our way of life. MRDF, a charity governed by English Law, has consistently promoted non-violence and political participation in the UK.
All of our volunteers, staff and trustees are well respected members of the community and have worked in various capacities as promoters of harmony and respect among all communities. We ask everyone to join us at the Family Funday 2014 to witness the marvellous work of our volunteers and staff in helping all communities have a wonderful day out with their family, friends and loved ones.