The arson that brought the community together

Six years ago, on the night of the 5th of June 2013, an arson destroyed the Somali Bravanese Islamic Centre in Muswell Hill.

The racially motivated attack (that police suspected was a revenge on the Islamic community in the wake of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich a few weeks earlier) sparked off a heart-warming reaction of solidarity from local residents and other faith groups and organisations in the area.

In particular, thanks also to the work of CitizensUK and Near Neighbours, the Finchley Reform Synagogue offered temporary accommodation for Ramadan prayers and iftar celebrations.

Six years after, with the generous support of its members and many friends from different parts of the communith, the Bravanese Somali community has inaugurated a brand new building, which will always be a conctete testimony of the bonds and solidarity between people of different faiths.


Below an inspiring video on this story.