World Bulletin / News Desk
The latest lifestyle trends for the U.K.’s Muslims came to center stage in northern Manchester city Saturday with an annual event that aims to attract around 15,000 visitors.
Rauf Mirza, one of the organizers of Muslim Lifestyle Expo (MLE), said the event aims to “project British Muslim community a positive light”.
Speaking with Anadolu Agency, Mirza said they, as the MLE, “have tried for three years to project a more positive image about British Muslims by all moderate lifestyle aspects people enjoy”.
“We have businesses participating from all across the U.K.”
Mirza expressed satisfaction with the participants’ interest, adding that they have invited people from non-Muslim backgrounds as well to enjoy the richness of Islamic culture.
In the event, the Greater Manchester Police, Royal Air Force and Home Office opened their stands for recruitment; they also explained their project to community members.
In front of her artwork exhibited on white panels, artist Ranaaz Shahid spoke about how she was inspired by Islam itself while creating beautiful calligraphy portraits.
“I used Islamic geometry patterns. I see a lot of non-Muslims in my trips. There are people who want to learn about our culture, our religion and where all these Islamic geometry started from,” Shadid said.
The event brought together many Muslim entrepreneurs and communities from across the country.
Police officer A. Sardar explained the purpose of a stand by Greater Manchester Police force at the event.
Sardar told Anadolu Agency there is “massive emphasis on police forces to become more diverse”.