Al Masaar is the Arabic word for a progressive path. Our group was initially developed in response to the changing face of Muslim communities within Falkirk and surrounding areas. A new generation of parents were looking for an outlet for their children, where they could meet new friends who shared their faith and culture.
Starting off as Islamic Learning Centre, we gathered a lot of interest from parents wanting their children to learn Islam in the context of citizenship. Community volunteers taught children the important values of Islam in an enjoyable and sociable environment. The project was very well received by Falkirk Council, awarding us a Special Achievement Award in June 2014.
In June 1014 we constituted as Al Masaar, widening our aims and objects for the broader Muslim and ethnic communities. While our Islamic classes discontinued, our mother and toddlers Wee Steps group was created. This group allows parents and children to gain support from others, in a language that all members can access. We also created Al Masaar AFC, a football club where primary aged children from all backgrounds can come together to benefit from free football coaching sessions.
Today we continue to build upon the success of Al Masaar AFC and our Wee Steps Group. In addition to these two regular projects we also take part in one-off events and consultations. In the past year we have been involved in outdoor learning sessions, gardening and outdoor play in the local community.
While we originally started as an organisation supporting local Muslim communities we have expanded and now work with communities of all backgrounds within the Forth Valley area.