Ms. Zamila Bunglawala attended the Castle School in Thornbury on 16th July as a role model of `Footsteps' programme of the Muslim Council of Britain and spoke to sixth form pupils.
Her chosen topic was 'Life as a British Muslim in Britain Today', which was well received by seventeen attentive students. Her introductory speech was listened with interest and they engaged proactively later in the Questions and Answers session.
During the Q&A session, pupils asked her highly impressive, inquisitive and intelligent questions about faith-based discrimination, misconceptions of British Muslim women, the difference between culture and faith, the headscarf and burka. They also asked her about the Shariah law, her research into employment for this group, what identity can mean - how it defines Muslim values, principles and choices.
Zamila explained to the group that how interchangeable and adaptable Muslims are and how that is a true testament to being British and how tolerant and accepting and embracing Muslims are of variety, diversity and positive change.
Ms Bunglawala thinks that it is very encouraging and reaffirming that our young minds in Britain today are so receptive, engaged, eager to participate and contribute to the debate on British identity and willing to learn more about all in British society to help make us all more understanding and accepting.
Social and Family Affairs Committee (SAFA)