After hearing Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) speak about using his music to promote positive images of Islam I thought I would do the same through sport. For me, sport is a great way to bring people together, develop friendships and build respect. I have seen the positive impact of our work and seen others use our, so-called, philosophy or way of working, to then go on and work with other people. Seeing challenging individuals develop into fantastic young adults has been the biggest satisfaction.
Salaam Peace is a remarkable example of how a person’s determination to promote the universal values of peaceful coexistence and social justice has resulted in a reality that has been transforming lives in East London for many years. A window of opportunity for all to engage in and bring change to the causes we feel more passionate about in the spirit of mutual respect and inclusivity. As Sab’s former university tutor and mentor, I am particularly proud of his achievements, based on investing further in the learning experience he gained while he was my student.