Imam Qari Asim is one of the country’s leading voices who have signed a joint letter, along with leading figures from the worlds of culture, sport, faith, civil society and business to demand the 2020s be a “decade of reconnection”.

Imam Qari Asim, the chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, said a lack of integration had led to social tension.

“What worries me, in these polarised times, is that our growing distance from each other can breed fear of those who we don’t know or are seen as different,” he said. “At my mosque in Leeds I see many efforts to connect with others, but I see the gaps too – people who don’t have much contact with those from a different background to their own.”

“The start of a new decade offers us a moment of change and of hope – that we can all reach out and find a connection with someone new,” Asim added.’

To read the full article about the open letter signed by the cultural and religious leaders across the UK, CLICK HERE.

To listen to Imam Qari Asim’s talk about #2020Reconnection on BBC Radio 4 – The Today Programme, CLICK HERE