Tartan, bagpipes, sweeping mountains, stunning views and… haggis. These are all things that instantly remind us of Scotland. But what about our Muslim brothers and sisters up there in the Highlands?
A recent study has proven that Scotland’s Muslims are achieving great things. From being some of the most highly educated people in Scotland, to occupying top positions, it’s no wonder Muslim Scots are a positive asset to Scottish communities.
Edinburgh University recently conducted a study called ‘Scottish Muslims in Numbers’, which showed that Muslims are an integral part of the work force in the country, with the majority in full-time employment, and many taking on entrepreneurial projects.
The sense of pride and belonging that Muslim Scots feel is also so inspiring. The study found that 71% see Scottish or British as their only nationality, with 37% born in Scotland and 45% elsewhere in the UK.
Some of the most famous Muslim Scots include MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, the SNP’s first Muslim MP, as well as Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s transport Minister, who was the first ever minister to deliver his oath to the Scottish Parliament in Urdu (whilst wearing a kilt!).
With so many self-starters and excellent results at school and university level, Muslims in Scotland are carving out successful futures. What is even more amazing is that 30% of Muslims in Scotland are under 15 years old, which means you’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the future!
At Ummahsonic, we couldn’t be more proud of our Scottish neighbours, who are clearly going far. And while they might be a small part of Scotland’s wider population, they are still a huge community and an inspiring example to us all.