THOSE able to recall the year 1968 will remember swinging London, the Beatles at the height of their fame, the Vietnam War and the civil rights movements beginning to make an impact on our consciences.
Most of us would certainly not list it as the year Hyndburn saw the opening of its first mosque or masjid.
The mosque was housed in a modest terrace on Blackburn Road (still in use to this day) to cater for the religious and pastoral needs of the first generation of settled Muslims from the Indian sub-continent.
It was a small, unassuming location for a community still coming to terms with its place in a society that was itself undergoing profound social and political change.
As Hyndburn's Muslim community grew and became more self-assured, it was felt larger premises were required for the performance of congregational prayers and funeral functions. It was in 1983 that Ghosia Razvia Jamia Mosque was established on Higher Antley Street.
This larger institution was complemented in 1990 by the Raza Jamia Mosque on Grimshaw Street to alleviate the pressure on the smaller and older mosque on Blackburn Road.
Haji Sardar Ali is the chairman of the Raza Jamia Mosque and was on the committee of the first mosque on Blackburn Road.
He said: "We offer a far greater range of services to the community than we did years ago and the business of the committees is a lot more complex because of it."
The development of the Muslim community in Hyndburn continued with the establishment of Hyndburn United Muslims (HUM) in 2005 - a security and consultation body formed from the membership of all the mosques in the borough of Hyndburn.
The acronym HUM stands for us in Urdu and reflects the spirit of the organisation formed in the aftermath of the appalling terrorist attacks on London in July last year.
Through HUM, the mosques in Hyndburn have formed close working relationships with the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the local authority to dispel the notion that they're insular and not reflective of the needs of society.
"The mosques in Hyndburn have shown great initiative in opening themselves up and I don't believe they are the same institutions now that they once were only a few years ago'', says Asid Mahmmod, chairman of HUM.
Through HUM, the mosques in Hyndburn have placed great importance on inter-faith relationships, especially with Christians.
Mr Mahmood said: "We are in the process of arranging a peace walk in conjunction with local churches and an open day for non-Muslims. We hope to form strong relations across communities and to de-mystify popular notions of what goes on inside mosques.
"There is a view among mosque committees in Hyndburn that the Muslim community in the borough cannot be passive participants in good community relations.
"To achieve a degree of community cohesion at a time when the War on Terror has undermined these relations, both at home and abroad, it is necessary to engage in cross-community partnerships as a matter of priority."
There is no doubt that mosques, in Hyndburn at least, are showing signs of coming of age. The Government's response to the terrorist attacks in London last summer did target mosques with a raft of proposals, including the idea of Imams being licensed by the Home Office.
The majority view was that this level of political interference in the affairs of the Muslim community was unreasonable and the Government wisely shelved the idea.
However, other suggestions have been taken on board, for example the importance of Imams being able to perform their functions in English.
The best way of creating and sustaining change is to foster an environment free of political, ie Government, interference. This will allow communities to develop and manage their own affairs. Can anyone imagine the Church of England allowing senior members of its clergy to be appointed by the Home Secretary?
The committee of the Ghosia Razvia Jamia Mosque is now mostly composed of younger, British-born members who understand the realities of both young Muslims and the wider society.
This has had a number of positive effects, foremost among them being the tacit acknowledgment that there is a serious drug problem within the Muslim community, something that the police and health and social services had tried for a long time to highlight.
Last year the Raza Jamia Mosque organised a special event for youth to address not only drug addiction and dependency, but the whole "thuggish" lifestyle that so appeals to some of our youth.
The event was conducted in English and would have had a resonance in other parts of our society.
The Muslim community is pleased, but, not complacent, that its efforts have been recognised by the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM), Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Office for pioneering initiatives like Hyndburn United Muslims.
So in many important ways, Hyndburn's Muslim community has matured and has become a model for the rest of the country.
So what are the priorities in the next few years? There is no doubt that community cohesion work will continue to be important. However, it is a local priority to re-examine the relationship between some of our mosques and political parties.
As some people may be aware, mosques have been used by some political parties as recruiting grounds for councillors and county councillors and this has damaged their respect and influence. It has also done little for the standing of individual political parties in the eyes of many.
For the sake of local politics and some of our most respected institutions, the relationships must be clear and independent and be seen to be clear and independent.
In the meantime, Hyndburn United Muslims would like to hear the views of all the readers of the Observer in general, but especially about our proposed peace walk with the churches and our planned open day.