First Muslim Scouting Troop Launched in Wales

March 27, 2006

Source: BBC News

On March 27, 2006 BBC News reported, "The first Muslim scout group in Wales has been launched with more than 100 members. Salah Aboulgasem, cub leader of the 1st Cathays al Huda group in Cardiff, said he wanted to help young Muslims become leaders in their community and society. Mr Aboulgasem said scouting - one of the longest-running youth organisation in the world - was the best way to achieve this. The scout movement will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2007... Mr Aboulgasem, whose brother Yusuf is one of the cubs, said the first Welsh Muslim group would also be open to non-Muslims. But he told BBC Radio Wales that having a Muslim scout group was important to Muslim parents. 'If [the parents] know they are with other Muslims who can understand them and treat them better - and suit their needs - then they will be more than happy to bring them along,' he said."