This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Islam week aims to raise awareness
People from different backgrounds are being encouraged to get to know each other and celebrate what they have in common this week.
Today marks the start of Islam Awareness Week, which aims to improve community relations and raise money for charity. It is also the first ever Inter Faith Week in England.
Sughra Ahmed, co-ordinator of the week's activities in Leicester, said: "It's really important that we understand each other better, but most importantly that we put our words into practice – we have to go beyond talk and actually do things to make our city better."
From 11am to 3pm today at Leicester Central Mosque, in Conduit Street, food and shelter will be offered to asylum seekers and homeless people.
Fundraising events are planned and Canadian musician Dawud Wharnsby will perform at city schools.
Muslim women are encouraged to take part in an initiative called Dine at Mine and take non-Muslim friends out for an evening of traditional food and fun.