There have been many problems within the Muslim Youth community in Haringey. As a result, Assunnah Islamic Centre (AIC) decided to set up a youth club, named Assunnah Youth in February 2009. A total of about twenty volunteers are currently running Assunnah Youth. The objective of Assunnah Youth is to promote active recreation among the Somali youths and tackle many of the problems which have risen including; anti-social behaviour, gang violence, drugs misuse and radicalisation.
AIC is also at the forefront on combating extremism and teaching the correct teachings of Islam through various Islamic lectures and classes. AIC is also part of a wider network, including many Mosques and other organisations both across London and nationally in fighting extremism in the UK.
Islamic Lectures (Weekly)
We have managed to offer weekly Islamic Lectures on various topics. Our Thursday evening lectures have been now on for over four years (since Feb 2009) and this deals with extremism, behaviour and manners, learning the correct teachings of Islam according to the teachings of the Qur’an and the way of our Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him). These classes have attracted up to 150 participants of young and old and both genders. The youth also have the opportunities for a question and answer sessions at the end of each lecture.
Friday Night Programme – Young Men (Weekly)
This programme has been taking place for just over two years now on Friday evenings at our Centre and it is aimed at young men aged 16-25 years. The young men engage in several activities/programmes; they socialise with their fellow peers from the local area, take part in active discussions on current topics such as education, employment, social problems and they also share their ideas with us on what types of activities/programmes they would like us to introduce for them. We also from time to time, invite local elders, Islamic scholars, professionals and other successful young men to give them advice ranging from education, careers, social and general advice.
Football – Boys (Weekly)
A total of around twenty-five young men, aged 16-19 years old, attend regular football sessions at a local sports centre on Saturday afternoons for two hours. The young men enjoy a relaxed environment where they take part in light training sessions and matches. They have now been attending almost two years and we have played in several competitions. Playing football would allow them to keep healthy and fit as well as providing the opportunity to learn new skills, socialise with their peers and build team-working skills.
Sister’s Circle (Weekly)
Sister’s Circle was created with the intention of giving young women between 16-20 years old somewhere to spend their time and it is held on Saturday afternoons at our Centre. These individuals mostly have nowhere to spend their free time and thus are likely to end up getting caught in doing activities which should otherwise be avoided. This is where Sister’s Circle comes in; providing a welcoming place for them to spend their time, where they can be assured and guided within the Masjid.
Sister’ Circle has currently been running for over a year now and has at least 20 participants at each session, the numbers of which are increasing by every week. InshaAllah (Allah’s will) with time we hope that Sister’s Circle becomes well known and beneficial within the community.