The Islamic faith has a strong emphasis on the principles of justice, fairness and honesty in our dealings with all people, near or far. To this end, Luton Mosques have strongly backed Luton becoming a Fairtrade town. Fairtrade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development, especially for communities who are economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system.
The Fairtrade Foundation was established in the UK back in 1992, with the first products to carry the Fairtrade Mark launched in 1994. The Fairtrade mark is a registered certification label for which meets international Fairtrade standards agreed through research and consultation with farmers, producers, traders, NGOs, academic institutions and labelling organisations.
It’s a better deal for the people in developing countries we rely on for our everyday needs. It harnesses the power of shoppers, producers, businesses and campaigners and it’s growing all the time.
Breakfast with Fairtrade
Members of Luton Council of Mosques contributed towards a community iftar (meal after a day of fasting). More than 200 people attended the event at Dallow Learning Community Centre and enjoyed a range of sweet and savoury Fairtrade dishes in a show of support for farmers and producers around the world.
Lutons first Fairtrade Mosque
Madinah Masjid was recognized as the first Fairtrade mosque in the town. As an active member of Luton Council of Mosques, the congregation who attend the faith centre regularly wholly endorsed the Fairtrade campaign and committed to purchase Fairtrade-labelled products whenever possible from retail outlets across the town.
Islam and Fairtrade
Islamic Relief produced this great report which explains the Islamic perspective on Fairtrade and how to get involved.