CICC’s 2019 AGM and Social function

The CICC AGM and social function was held at one of Colchester’s landmark building, Firstsite. I found it both an inspirational and uplifting event.

Right from the start there was a welcoming atmosphere and I was offered a welcome drink when registering. A free creche was laid on for children so adults could attend the AGM whilst the children had fun playing in a safe environment and enjoying snacks. On entering the auditorium nasheed was playing in the background followed by an interactive Islamic quiz, led by brother Abid. A first for the CICC!

As with all CICC meetings, the meeting started with a Dua and this one was led by Imam Habib, our local Imam. Five children then took centre stage and in turn recited verses from the Quran. The audience were transfixed! Ma sha’a Allah how lovely it was to see the youth taking an active role in the events of the day, evidencing how the youth and family are an integral part of the activities and vision CICC aims to deliver.

The business of the day commenced with an introduction by brother Sohail (the Chairman), followed by the Secretaries’ report. We were reminded about how far CICC has come since its inauguration and the importance of volunteers in this process. An appeal was made for more volunteers to come forward.

The audience listened attentively to the long-awaited results of the first CICC trustee elections. Of the nine trustees, five were re-elected and four were brand new trustees!

Shaikh Ismael then presented the proposed new structure for CICC, designed to make the organisation function more efficiently.

Sister Maria then presented her talk on the vast range of activities CICC holds for all members of the community. It was heart-warming to see how volunteers have organised so many activities for families, children, youth and women only events.

Nadim Mohammed then presented a thorough financial summary, including outstanding pledges and gifts, and indicated the importance of regular donations.

Finally, a home for the CICC! Brother Sohail gave a presentation about the exciting development of finding a property suitable for CICC. He launched the property appeal and prompted the audience to donate there and then.

Afterwards both Imam Habib (Imam of Colchester Mosque) and Bashir Ghoni (Chairman of CICA) praised the CICC for their achievements and showed solidarity and support for CICC.

The meeting ended with more splendid Quran recitations, by four girls from our youth group. The meeting had a very nice uplifting feel and congratulations to the speakers for keeping to time!

After Asr, food was served and was well worth the wait!  It was so lovely to mingle with the community, meet old friends and make new ones. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable day!


Thank you to the lovely volunteers JazakAllah Kheir!