Located on the outskirts of London, Slough is becoming increasingly popular among Muslims who are looking for a close-knit community. Despite being labelled as “rough” in the past, the area is changing rapidly, and Muslims now make up 6% of the population. According to Move Estate Agent’s Ash Khan, the town has a “brilliant” reputation for those who are looking for a welcoming and vibrant community.
Slough is an ideal location for Muslims due to the number of amenities available to them. For instance, the local primary and secondary schools share the same values and ethos as the Muslim community. Furthermore, there are several halal food shops in the town, including at Tesco and Asda. In addition, Slough is becoming increasingly appealing to commuters as the Elizabeth line has made the town part of the London underground.
Arfah Farooq, who moved to Slough with her family last year, shares her experience of finding a Muslim community that mirrored the one she grew up in. The area is home to a local mosque, halal takeaways, and friendly neighbors who exchange food. She adds that she has developed roots in Slough and has made friends with like-minded working mothers.
Senior property consultant Amal Marinho of Haart Estate Agents states that the multiculturalism in Slough is one of its biggest selling points. People of different faiths, including Sikhs, Catholics, and Muslims, live together in a friendly environment.
Slough is an increasingly popular commuter town for Muslims due to its welcoming and diverse community, halal food options, and proximity to London.