On sunday 19 January 2014, the islamic foundation welcomed the freelance writer, peace activist, and muslim convert, sister lauren Booth. ms Booth has been in the media for many years but it was her experience in the middle east, particularly relief work in Palestine and her work with muslim converts which has gained more appreciation. in 2012, she co-founded the uK charity Peace trail an organisation dedicated to assisting reverts to islam and muslim families.
During her visit to the foundation in January 2014, sister lauren was welcomed by dr manazir ahsan, Br abdur rashid siddiqui and Br farooq murad who, in turn, introduced her to some of the sisters and brothers of the organization. she talked with the team to discuss the role of the islamic foundation and how they could forge links together to reach the wider muslim community.
Sister lauren also spent time speaking with sister Batool because, as a convert herself since 2010, she wanted to explore how the conversion experience has differed for individuals over the past thirty years and the impact it has on those around them. sister lauren was fascinated by the new muslim Project’s approach to conversion and what impressed her greatly was the high level of services offered to newcomers to islam.
After the discussions, sister lauren toured the facilities before enjoying a lunch in the conference centre where the conversation continued as she shared her experiences and listened to the plans of the trustees for the islamic foundation for 2014. she ended the tour by saying how greatly impressed she was by the facilities and she was thankful for the books that were gifted to her from Kube in commemoration of her visit.