120 Years Conversion to Islam (Family of Robert Reschid Stanley) @ Manchester British Muslim Heritage Centre


April 22, 2018 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
British Muslim Heritage Centre
College Rd
Manchester M16 8BP

If you would like to come to this event – the tickets are FREE – but we would be so grateful for your contribution to our funding campaign; help us to get this incredible story out there. You will be encouraging Muslims in the UK AND working to share more with non-Muslims about our collective fantastic Islamic heritage.

Please make a donation – whatever you can afford – here:


—–And Read On —–

On 22nd April 1898, a working class man from Stalybridge, East Manchester, converted to Islam.

Robert ‘Reschid’ Stanley was born with no advantages in life. He educated himself – becoming the Mayor of Stalybridge and a JP. He became curious about international politics. Through his work as a tea merchant, he met Muslims, learned more about international politics and the oppression of Muslims overseas and he was soon corresponding with the Caliph himself.

He became one of Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam’s closest friends – and Vice-Chair of the UK’s first mosque in Liverpool. He remained loyal to his family and friends in Stalybridge and yet when he died in 1911, the family chose to cover-up the facts of his conversion.

It took over a century later for the secret to be discovered. And in the meantime – with no knowledge whatsoever of his Gx3 Grandfather’s conversion, Robert Reschid’s own Gx3 Grandson had reverted to Islam.

Join the remarkable Robert Reschid’s family at the British Muslim Heritage Centre on the exact date of his reversion 120 years ago – in order to hear more about his story, how it is helping to forge greater connections between Muslims and non-Muslims and most importantly, how YOU might be able to help with his amazing legacy.

Our research and our book – will tell you more about the unusual life and times of Robert Reschid. We will explain all that we have learned about his fascinating childhood and youth, his religious beliefs, his journey towards Islam and his impressive connections and convictions. We will also be working to imagine the difficulties and challenges that his own family faced, when he made the unusual decision to become a Muslim.

And of course, on the 22nd April, we will also be remembering the other brave British citizens who embraced Islam and their personal struggles and sacrifices as they took on a new faith and direction in life.

Tickets are FREE, but we would like to ask you for a donation to our fundraising plan, in order that we can produce a book about the Life and Times of Robert ‘Reschid’ Stanley. So, when you have booked a ticket here at Eventbrite, please go to our special Muslim fundraising site:


At this site, you can have a look at what we are going to be doing and can pledge whatever amount you can afford. There are lots of exciting perks for those who are captivated by what we are doing. Our ideas might even make a special gift for a loved on!

We are determined to keep all costs for the book and peformance LOW – because this important message must reach out to working-class communities who need more information in order to prevent growing Islamophobia in the UK.

From the hearts of Robert Reschid’s family and on behalf of the British Muslim Heritage Centre – THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DONATION. Inshallah – we shall see you soon!


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No. The BMHC is a family-friendly venue.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Ample parking within the grounds of BMHC.

What can I bring into the event?

Photographs may be taken, no sound/video recording taken without permission of family, thank you.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact us at rreschid@yahoo.com – the family of Robert Reschid Stanley have been granted the use of the BMHC by the centre and we are deeply grateful to staff and trustees for their faith in our work and their enthusiasm for the future of this project.