NEWS

NOVEMBER 23RD 2017

Army Reserve unit reaches out to the local community

Reservisits from 160 (Lincoln) Transport Sqn visit Lincoln Mosque

Reservisits from 160 (Lincoln) Transport Sqn visit Lincoln Mosque

Reservists in Lincoln have reached out to members of the Muslim Community as part of National Inclusion Week.

National Inclusion Week is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion in the workplace, ensuring individuals feel valued, respected and listed to. The event also encourages those taking part to recognise that everyone should have equal access to opportunities and resources.

Although, the initiative is primarily aimed at those in the workplace, Army Reservists from 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron, who are based at Sobraron Barracks, wanted to take the opportunity to develop their relationship with a local mosque to learn more about the city’s Muslim community.

Warrant Officer Class One Nigel O’Leary from the Army Reserve unit in Lincoln, explained: “In order to develop our relationship with this community we organised an initial meeting at the Imam of Lincoln’s house where we discussed the possibility of a visit to Lincoln Mosque.

“Our visit to the Mosque was arranged for 8 November and 13 of our reservists attended including our Officer Commanding Captain James Hicks MBE. The Imam gave us a presentation about what happens in a Mosque, this was followed by a tour of the facilities.

“The visit was very informative and interesting, particularly as many of our team had not been inside a Mosque before.”

Atikur Rehman Patel, Imam of the Islamic Association of Lincoln, said: “It was great to have members of the Army Reserve unit visit our Mosque. I also felt privileged and honoured to be able to share my Faith with our guests.

“I think it’s extremely important to broaden ones knowledge and experience about others in the community to help create a better understanding. I hope our guests will have gone back with a better understanding of the Islamic Faith.”

160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron, have since offered for the Imam of Lincoln to visit Sobraron Barracks and show what the Army Reserve has to offer both serving soldiers and future recruits. The date for this meeting is yet to be arranged but it is hoped a time will be added to calendar in the near future.

"It was great to have members of the Army Reserve unit visit our Mosque. I also felt privileged and honoured to be able to share my Faith with our guests."