Muslims have been in NI since it’s foundation. A settled Muslim population has been here for generations have significantly contributed to NI throughout even the darkest days of the troubles – in business, education and particularly medicine. In recent years the Muslim population has increased in line with immigration patterns as a direct response to the ceasefires. Muslims have moved to NI from UK, Ireland and abroad to live, work and marry, helping NI develop into the vibrant country it is today. This year (2018) Belfast Islamic Centre celebrated 40 years since it was officially formed.
According to the 2015 NI life and Times survey up to 82% of people in NI rarely or never meet Muslims. This means many people are learning about our community through the media or “secondhand” – sometimes resulting in inaccurate assumptions and stereotypes being promoted.
We’d much rather people talked TO us rather than ABOUT us!
BIC has an open door policy – we often have people call in to ask more about our diverse community and our faith. We are involved with various interfaith initiatives with local churches and other minority faiths in NI. In a typical week we also usually have at least 2 “official” visits from Schools, Universities or organisations curious to learn more about Islam and Muslims in NI. If you would like to book a visit please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome visitors throughout the year – remember Sunday 3rd March 2019 we will be hosting our annual VisitMyMosque event! Follow us on facebook for updates.
Here are some of our most recent visits:
Lagan College Year 9 Islam Presentation Winners