The Regional Accelerator is an opportunity to hear about the Together in Service Grant Scheme and also be able to discuss your project ideas with a member of the team.
The dates of these events are:
- Manchester - 30th April 2014 at British Muslim Heritage Centre, College Road, M16 8BP
- Bristol - 20th May 2014 at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3QY
April 2014, London: In the context of the World Interfaith Harmony Week, The Matheson Trust hosts the premiere of the documentary directed by Mustafa Gouverneur to register this initiative, followed by a question and answer session with Reverend Prof. Kemmyo Taira Sato and Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi.
This event will be a unique opportunity to ask questions on this historic initiative.
Date: Friday 4th April 2014
Time: 7.00 to 8.30pm
Venue: Bloomsbury Suite, Friends House
173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ
Entry: £10 (concessions £5)
The Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board is pleased to be liaising with the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services as part of the new national drive to help create a safer sector for our young people.
NCVYS and MINAB are calling on all children and youth organisations to make 28 February the one day every year where organisations:
- Stop what they are doing,
- Look at their safeguarding practices and
- Listen to young people, empowering them to take an active role in managing their own safety.
As part of this initiative the MINAB in collaboration with Faith Associates, an organisation with a very impressive record in the field of Mosque & Madrassa Management to produce a document , which is aimed at helping in Safeguarding of the young and the vulnerable in our Madrassas.
Commenting upon this work, Maulana Sarfraz Madni, the Chair of MINAB said,
“This document is simple and clear. It makes us aware of our duty of care towards the young people and children. It reminds us of the need to be vigilant in ensuring a safe environment for our children. It gives essential and key guidance in preventing abuse, intentional or otherwise of children who are left in our trust. MINAB is very pleased to work in partnership with Faith Associates and the National Council for Youth Voluntary Services on this important initiative and calls upon its membership to implement the guidance given in this document.”
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1. The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) is engaged in the promotion of good governance in Mosques and Imam Training Institutions through a process of voluntary self regulation.
2. It has a diverse membership of over 600 hundred Mosques and Training Institutions.
3. It is a charity registered under the laws of England & Wales.
4. It is a community led independent body, non sectarian in its outlook with no role in matters of theology and an accountable and transparent system of representation.
5. Established in 1936, the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCYVS) is a diverse and growing network of over 290 national organisations and regional and local networks that work with and for young people.
6. NCVYS is the only national independent body that represents voluntary and community youth organisations in England. Through the work that we do, we are helping such organisations to build their capacity to deliver quality youth work
7. NCYVSs new national safeguarding campaign aims to inspire and encourage children and youth organisations to show commitment to improving their safeguarding policies and standards.
Event by Silk Route Legal:
- Current debate over mosques and places of workship
- Understanding planning policy
- Equalities Act 2010 and role of Local Authorities
- Role of community leaders, planning and engagement
- Plannign successfully
Date: 13th Nobvember 2013
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: 15 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7EF
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Following the latest attack on a mosque in Harlow, the Trustees of MINAB have expressed deep concern about the escalation of acts of criminality and hatred against Muslims and their places of worship that are taking place in the country. Whilst MINAB recognises that the law enforcement agencies are taking such matters seriously, it is not convinced that political leadership at local as well as national level is dealing with these tragic events in a manner that would be effective.
Maulana Sarfraz Madni, the Chair of the MINAB Board of Trustees said, “ I urge the government to be more forthright in its speech and conduct to build an environment of respect, trust and protection for the Muslim communities and our Mosques. The latest attack on Harlow Islamic Centre is most worrying. The Centre has an excellent reputation for its work with all communities living in the area. The current trend of copycat criminality is generating fear and alienation and could lead to unpleasant reaction. I call upon people of all faiths and those of no belief to help us to live as valued citizens and prevent the miniscule minority of criminals and extremists from causing damage to peaceful co-existence.”
The MINAB leadership has written to Harlow Islamic Centre offering sympathy and support.
Joseph Interfaith Foundation in association with Imams Against Domestic Abuse and the Central mosque, London, has set up a major seminar called “Domestic Abuse: A hidden evil”.
A senior Rabbi as well as Jewish Women’s Aid will be speaking about domestic abuse in the Jewish community and how they confront it.
The major aim of the seminar is to inform the community about misunderstanding religious interpretations on behaviour towards women, and how the community can help and support the abused women.
Date: Sunday 30th March 2014
Time: 2.00 to 5.00pm
Venue: The Islamic Cultural Centre & The London Central Mosque
146 Park Road, London
As Christmas draws closer, the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board invites its members and British Muslim institutions more widely, to reach out to their non Muslim neighbours and friends.
Maulana Safraz Madni, Chairman of MINAB said:
"I will for sure be sending out messages to my friends and neighbours wishing them a Happy Christmas. I'd encourage my colleagues in all British mosques to also do so.
This is what many of us already do, so in one respect this is not something new. But at times when communities feel the pinch of tensions, as we've experienced this year, it's doubly important to restate our commitment to values that bind. Christmas is a touchpoint between Christians and Muslims and therefore a great opportunity to demonstrate this commitment."
Judge Khurshid Drabu CBE, Chairman of Southampton Medina Mosque Trust Ltd and Advisor to the MINAB Board of Trustees said:
"Our Mosque's social action groups in these difficult economic times will be working with the wider community to support vulnerable residents. This includes helping the elderly and tackling homelessness in our local communities. Many of our congregation will be participating in programmes with local churches to rejoice in the commonality of our scriptures as well as our values.
Christmas is a time that we spend with our families and neighbours. My wife and I have always used this opportunity to remind ourselves and to teach our children about how Jesus (peace and blessings on him) did not judge people, that recognising his great mission and Prophethood is integral to Islam, and that he reached out to all, be they the sick, marginalised, or the destitute."
Maulana Ahmed Nisar Begg Qadri, Secretary of MINAB said:
"For those who are celebrating the festive and auspicious occasion of Christmas, on behalf of MINAB, I take this opportunity to felicitate the entire community on this happy occasion."
Sayeda Khalida Rehman, Vice Chair of MINAB said:
"Mosques are integral parts of our local communities, I commend the initiative led by many various Mosques and community representatives to distribute cards to neighbours, friends, churches, schools and civil society and civic organisations."
The MINAB affirms that Christmas is an opportunity to bring people, families and neighbours together. It is also a time in which we must play a role in addressing local issues.
The MINAB encourages its members to mobilise volunteering at various centres for social action, helping those most vulnerable during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The campaign's social media presence is as follows #Christmas4All and www.facebook.com/Christmas4All/
Notes to Editors:
- The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) is engaged in the promotion of good governance in Mosques and Imam Training Institutions through a process of voluntary self-regulation.
- It has a diverse membership of over 600 hundred Mosques and Training Institutions.
- It is a charity registered under the laws of England & Wales.
- It is a community led independent body, non-sectarian in its outlook with no role in matters of theology and an accountable and transparent system of representation.
Whilst MINAB does not necessarily accept the bona fides of the reports in the Press about the investigation carried out in mosques about “under-age” marriages, it will use this opportunity to remind our 600 plus member mosques, as well as other mosques, that compliance with all the laws of England, Wales and Scotland is of fundamental importance.
In this context it is well to bear in mind that the legal age for marriage in Britain is not a straightforward matter. “Marriage” of parties, one or both of whom is under 16 years of age is prohibited and invalid and any person who facilitates such “marriage” is liable to criminal prosecution.
If one or both parties are over 16 but under 18, Nikah can be lawfully performed only if the party who is under 18 establishes that he or she has parental consent to the proposed Nikah. For persons who are subject to immigration control the minimum age for marriage is 21.
Each and every Mosque Management Committee must remain engaged and vigilant in the provision of Nikah services to its congregations, ensuring that Imams are carrying out their duties in this area with complete adherence to the laws in the United Kingdom and maintaining proper records of the functions.
Before accepting a request to book a Nikah ceremony, an Imam concerned should satisfy himself that parties have the legal capacity to get married. In this context, the Imam should require the parties to produce proof of age, preferably demanding to see their passports, and by checking their immigration status in the United Kingdom. It is also the duty of the Imam who carries out the Nikah to satisfy himself that the parties to the Nikah give their consent freely, without undue influence or duress and that neither party has been subjected to any coercion or financial inducement. This is particularly important where one of the parties is above the age of 16 but under 18, and the consent of parents is required or where a party is subject to immigration control. In the event of doubts on age and free consent, the Imam should share his doubts with the parties and refuse to proceed unless further satisfactory evidence is produced.
The Nikah ceremony must be carried out in public and should be witnessed by a minimum of two persons whose identity and particulars should be duly recorded in the relevant documentation as should any agreement by parties on the payment of dower.
The Chair of MINAB, Maulana Sarfraz Madni said: “ Although MINAB is sceptical of the so-called investigation and its results as stated in the Press, we are determined that all Mosques remain mindful of their duties of good governance. Good governance includes compliance with the laws of the land. We call upon those who were involved in this “secret investigation” to share its methodology as well as full results with us, so that our legitimate doubts, given the prevailing climate of anti-Muslim media, are resolved. We also call upon all our members to pay particular attention to safeguarding children and the vulnerable users of their services in all areas including education. Nevertheless if there is cogent and reliable evidence that laws have been broken, we would support tough sanctions to be used against those responsible.”
Notes to Editors:
A - The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) is engaged in the promotion of good governance in Mosques and Imam Training Institutions through a process of voluntary self regulation.
B- It has a diverse membership of over 600 hundred Mosques and Training Institutions.
C- It is a charity registered under the laws of England & Wales.
D- It is a community led independent body, non sectarian in its outlook with no role in matters of theology and an accountable and transparent system of representation.
LONDON - Representatives of several of the UK’s largest Christian denominations today symbolically delivered Eid greetings (marking the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan) to the entire British Muslim community.
A first of its kind, the handover of the printed and framed “Eid Mubarak” message took place at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel, east London. It was witnessed by the director of the adjacent East London Mosque, Dilowar Khan and was organised by the Christian Muslim Forum (the UK’s largest network of Christians and Muslims), whose patron is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Eid greetings read:
The Christian churches send greetings of peace and prayers for God’s blessing on our Muslim neighbours on the occasion of ‘Id ul-Fitr (Eid). We recognise this as a day of good news and celebration – the fast has been completed and the feast begins!We have been encouraged by two key initiatives this Ramadan – The Big Iftar and Channel 4’s Ramadan Season. These have enabled many people to experience the hospitality of UK Muslims in mosques around the country as well as raising awareness positively of the meaning of Ramadan.