Abdullah Geelah

Email [email protected]
Region East Pennines
Association East Pennines Association

I am a Trainee Solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Until recently, I have worked for UK Finance, a trade association of financial services firms, working on government affairs and economic crime policy. The inspiration behind my research has been my involvement with community-focused organisations in London. During my involvement with these groups, we quickly realised that despite the many mosques which exist, very few provide the space to allow for creative, cultural and social activities. This then led to a discussion about the role and purpose of the mosque in twenty-first century Britain. Given the complicated identities young British Muslims have, it became apparent the importance for mosques to cater to the needs of young British Muslims in fulfilling its original function, not only as a place of worship, but as open, inclusive, cohesive communal hubs designed to sit comfortably with the local British urban landscape.