As part of the visit, he was given a presentation about the IIC and was also taken on a tour of the centre’s facilities which includes an Islamic exhibition, a historic picture gallery, a library and a room solely dedicated to “Women in Islam”.
The IIC, based on Highfield Street, off London Road was formed in 2008 to educate about Islam and its teachings and is open to the public and all faiths. It regularly plays host to school visits, delegations, community groups, multi-faith organisations and individuals from across the UK wanting to learn more about Islam and Muslims.
The Lord Mayor said he was delighted to be shown around the centre and praised the efforts of the IIC in building strong community and multi-faith links.
He said: "In a close knit community like Leicester, IIC is another shining example of an organisation working for the common good of the city and region through dialogue.
“This project is a magnificent beacon of community cohesion and a platform for promoting good relations and inclusion across all religions.
“I am delighted to have the honour to visit the IIC and I commend the work of the team working here. This is another prime example of the multi faith communities promoting a model of good practice in the City of Leicester.”
Imam Mohammed, the founder of IIC, said: “We are very happy to have hosted the Lord Mayor and this is part of our aim to build strong relationships with all parts of the community
“IIC actively engages with multi-faith based organisations and keeps close ties with many churches and faith leaders. As an organisation, we are committed to improving and strengthening community relations in Leicester and beyond by having this open dialogue.
“Over the five years we have been running, the IIC has been an invaluable resource to the community across the UK and our desire is for this to continue. We would like to welcome all faiths and particularly extend an invitation to schools and organisations looking to learn about Islam by visiting us and working together.”
The IIC is a not-for-profit organisation designed to educate about Islam by encouraging social cohesion, peaceful co-existence and community development. The centre is free to any member of the public and is open Monday to Saturday.