Opening address from the newly elected chair of the Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO)

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

First and foremost, I would like to thank the Chair of the FMO Abdul Karim Gheewala, Suleman Nagdi, Sister Yasmin Surti and all the Office Bearers who have worked to advance the causes for FMO and its members over the last forty years.

I would also like to show my gratitude to everyone associated with FMO for electing me as the Chair of FMO and entrusting me with the immense responsibility of advancing FMO’s objectives.

Alhamdulillah, let us look forward to strengthen and advance our objectives.

Insha’Allah over the next few weeks, I will prepare a team to work with me.

Given the forty year history of FMO and many experiences gained, I will Insha’Allah draw on the guidance and support of former FMO executives and members as well as the wider community.

Finally, I would like to say a few words of our mode of direction.

FMO has been established for forty years and over that time much has been said good and bad about its achievements. Whatever our opinions and differences, I humbly ask of you to put our differences aside and work together as one voice.

The members of FMO in this city and across our country have been under relentless attack. This has become the norm because we are fragmented and, in some cases, divided. We must come together and speak as one voice and FMO under my leadership will Insha’Allah be that one voice that speaks for you and all our members.

I urge you to engage with FMO, let us discuss and debate our interests and I welcome constructive criticism. But let us do this privately, within our meetings and organisations

But ultimately, let us show one unified voice to the public even when some may disagree with a position taken. We will not always agree with each other, but we must show unity and speak with one voice to advance our cause

I pray Allah gives me the hidayah, guidance and wisdom to lead this noble cause and may Allah bless our entire community to move us forward with Ikhlas

جَزَاكَ ٱللَّٰهُ خَيْرًا

Najeeb Patel
Chair – Federation of Muslim Organisations

5th February 2023

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