MOSQUES across Britain yesterday urged Muslims to vote in the upcoming general election.
The British Muslim Forum (BMF) — a national representative body of mosques — together with campaign group Hope Not Hate encouraged imams to raise awareness during yesterday’s prayers about registering to vote before the May 22 deadline.
BMF spokesperson Imam Qari Asim, of Leeds Makkah Mosque, said: “Our faith urges us to play an active role in the civic society in which we live.
“Although Ramadan is going be a busy time for us, Muslims are advised to take the time to find out about the key issues that are going to affect their families and the country in the coming years.”
BMF is using the hashtag #MyFaithMyVote on social media to encourage people of all faiths to register.
For the past three years Hope Not Hate has run Souls to the Polls, a campaign organised with faith communities to ensure people of every faith and those who don’t practise any religion are heard at elections.
Earlier this week, the charity Mend — Muslim Engagement and Development — launched a Muslim manifesto of policies to tackle growing Islamophobia.