The Muslim Council of Southampton was formed in 1999 to promote unity within Southampton’s vibrant and diverse Muslim community and to offer a forum where any ideas, developments or concerns can be raised in an open, friendly and attentive manner. The Muslim Council of Southampton has grown significantly since its inception, having faced a number of challenges on local, national and international levels.
The MCS was originally envisioned as a local organisation which would deal with local issues. The tragic events of 9/11, which took place two years after the formation of MCS, placed Islam in the global eye and led to an increase in anti-Muslim sentiment at grass roots level, which has also been reflected in media portrayals of Muslims and disproportionate governmental policies.
The MCS has campaigned tirelessly for the rights of Muslims to be respected and for Muslims in turn to actively participate in a society that they are very much a part of. We encourage Southampton’s Muslims to gain knowledge of their religion and to understand the importance of equality, justice and respect for the rule of law in day-to-day life. We encourage Muslims to speak out against injustices whilst discouraging a “victim mentality” which seeks to isolate individuals and groups from wider society.
A large proportion of our time, effort and resources have been spent in relation to the government’s Prevent programme. We are committed to grass roots issues which affect Southampton’s Muslims, including instances of discrimination and hate crimes, but also social, political and economic issues which affect the daily lives of all Britons.