The Building the Bridge exhibition features images of 12 "ordinary Muslims living in Bristol". Somali Latif Ismail chose Brunel's suspension bridge: "I find this bridge to be a great inspiration for me. Bristol is our refuge from war and atrocities."
The exhibition runs for two weeks from 15 Feb at Bristol's Central Library, and then on to Easton Community Centre for two weeks. Student Samar Ibrahim says: "Islam teaches you how to behave. Being a good member of the community is vital for Muslims."
Student and beatboxer Zubair Ali wants to use his lyrics for positive change. "My religion is Islam and I use beatboxing and poetry as a way of letting people know what Islam is really about." Read more at www.buildingthebridgeexhibition.co.uk
Taban Yaseen Othman is a film-maker who hails from Kurdistan and worked as a TV presenter in Iran. "I am very attracted to Western society," she says. "I do feel that as refugees and immigrants that we need to make sure that we are open to life in the UK."
Bristol magistrate Dr Masuda Mian was the first Muslim woman to become a Justice of the Peace in the city: "In our religion life is given by God and he is the only one who can take it. I donít know where the terrorists get their ideology," she says.
Graham Fox, who is also known as Aziz Bin Yussof, was brought up a Muslim and came to work in Bristol two years ago: "In Bristol we are very fortunate in having Muslim community leaders who are very open, hardworking and representative of their people."
Secondary school pupil Ibrahim Bashir has qualified to take part in the British Youth Fencing Championships. "Bristol has been a great city to grow up in," he says. "I have friends who are Muslims and others who aren't. It doesn't really matter."
Civil engineer Lara Almasri says she is very proud to be a Muslim and she and her family are happy in Bristol. "I find a peace and tranquillity in Bristol that I don't associate with big cities. The people here are very friendly."
Student Majida Islam Khan was in the USA at the time of 9/11. "I now consider it my responsibility to represent Islam's peaceful nature and to educate others about the misconceptions." All the photographs in the exhibition were taken by Freia Turland.
Abdul Wahab came to Bristol in 1960 and helped to establish a Mosque in the city. "I am proud of the foundations we have built for the Muslim community," he says. "It is, of course, vital that Muslims are integrated into the wider community."
GP Jane Edge Saleem converted to Islam 20 years ago, shortly before marrying her Muslim husband Moin. "I feel quite sad to see how the West degrades its women in its fashions," she says. "I think that Islam provides a sort of protection."
Student Ridwan Hussain is driven by his faith's focus on learning and progress. "I am drawn to teach," he says. "I want to be a mainstream teacher, playing a full part in society, who happens to be a Muslim."
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