The survey charts how an overwhelming majority (94 per cent) deliver educational programme for children and young people and three in five (61per cent) carry out women's groups/activities. It is also a welcome information that increasingly more and more mosques have young people (52 per cent) and women (15 per cent) represented in their management responsibility. Far from being a source of separation, mosques are integral to community cohesion and development.
Dr Manazir Ahsan, the Chair of the Muslim Council of Britain's Mosques Committee said, “I fully concur with Dame Suzi Leather the chair of the Charity Commission that 'this new survey reveals the important contribution that Mosques are making to communities across England and Wales'.
Despite the good work emanating from the majority of our mosques, and regardless of authentic, and citable evidence such as those presented by the Charity Commission, I am in no doubt that bigots and doom mongers will nevertheless continue to peddle Islamophobic hysteria, insisting that mosques are incapable of promoting community cohesion. We must prove these naysayers wrong by opening up and welcoming all people to our mosques.”