Nothing brings people together more than a football match; it has the power to bring people together, regardless of their age, race, gender, culture, or nationality.
This was put into action a few days ago, thanks to efforts by the Newlands mosque in Wellington, New Zealand.
The mosque invited police football team
along with other local teams to compete in a friendly fun football day at Alex
Moore Park in Johnsonville during Christmas time, Scoop
Sherif Osman from Al Ameen Mosque approached non-sworn members of Police, Spencer Hiess from the 105 line in Kapiti to organize a team.
Police won the round-robin tournament against five other teams winning four out of their five games.
“Opening up dialogue when organizing teams, to minimize
potential cultural expectations and differences, enabled the Police to field a
mixed team incorporating the only female player, non-sworn, Grace Carroll, in
the tournament,” Spencer said.
“It was great to see all players compete and definitely hold their own.”
This is coming in line with a trend of Imams, civic and
faith leaders across the world playing games for different remarkable projects.
Earlier this year in Australia, Dunedin police officers and
Otago Muslim Association met for a football game to share the spirit of `Eid Al-Adha
festivities with the Muslim community.
In November 2018, Australian imams hosted a football tournament with officers from Queensland
Police Service (QPS) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to celebrate the
4th anniversary of the Bosnian Islamic Center in Brisbane.
In September 2018, a team of Muslim imams won Germany’s annual cup in a football
competition organized among religious leaders, as part of efforts of
strengthening unity among the religious communities.