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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Inspiring the next generation and keeping them safe in a 21st Century Madrassah or after school club
Date: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November 2013
Time: 9.30 - 4.30
Beacon Madrassah Series
2 day course covers:
- Safeguarding Children
- Madrassah Management
- Behavior Management
- Performance management
- Planning lessons
- Islamic teaching approach
- Setting standards
- And Much More...
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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.
The long awaited news of the Prince and the incredible weather has delighted the nation.
And this year, Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, coincides with the height of summer. As usual, Muslims have welcomed the month of mercy, forgiveness and salvation with their trademark enthusiasm and resolution.
Eid will be the well-earned reward for their voluntary hunger, remembrance and devotion. But first, and to mark this auspicious month by going that extra mile, many Muslim communities around the country are sharing Iftar with their non-Muslim neighbours and with those in need. This unique effort, known as the 'Big Iftar' is a community-led scheme administered by the MINAB to build lasting trust - through the simple, but crucial, act of encouraging people, regardless of their background, to break bread together.
Maulana Sarfraz Madni, chair of MINAB attended a Big Iftar and said: "The event was well attended by Muslims and guests from other faiths and communities. For most of the invitees, it was the first time they were attending a mosque in their life. They were very much impressed and we were pleased to be able to host them.”
This Saturday - 27 July - is the pinnacle of the Big Iftar activity and a number of mosques and Islamic centres will be throwing open their doors to everyone.
We are pleased that 3 Government Ministers, the Communities Secretary Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State for Faith and Communities, and Baroness Hanham are taking part in Big Iftar events. Their support shows the significance of this scheme and we look forward to their presence at events in Brent, Leeds and Lincoln's Fields.
Events listing and other information can be found on this link: http://minab.org.uk/events/upcoming/236
The Big Iftar is about faith communities walking the talk. Please spread the word and take part in this groundbreaking initiative!
To keep in touch with the Big Iftar, please check:
Notes to editors
MINAB is the national body overseeing the voluntary self-regulation scheme of over 600 mosques and Islamic training institutions in the United Kingdom. It is a cross-sect coalition that includes Sunni, Shi’a, Sufi and other mosques.
During the month of Ramadan the city’s 20,000 Muslims fast during daylight, refusing to take either water or food but at sundown break the fast, called Iftar. Ramadan is a time when Muslims are expected to spiritually reflect and increase their devotion and worship.
Navid Hamid, co-chairman of the public relations and media group at Southampton Medina Mosque Ltd, in St Mary’s Road, said: “We have invited people from all walks of life, all religions, and no religion, to come down to help break the fast and talk about the current situation.”
Meanwhile Mr Denham has been asked to sign a petition that urges greater recognition that terrorism should not be equated with Muslims and Islam.
The petition has been started by young Muslims in Southampton and has already attracted 1,450 names.
Organiser Hasam Al Jabbar said: “We started this before the Woolwich attacks. We noticed the phrase ‘Islamist terrorists’ being used in the media. The BNP and EDL use that phrase. Terrorists are criminals.”
Mr Al Jabbar said he hoped that the Government would recognise that “terrorism is not a person and has no religion, race, gender, or nationality, but is an act of crime.”
The mosque condemned the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich in May. Since the murder there have been around a dozen attacks on mosques across the UK.
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.
On behalf of its over six hundred mosques and Islamic training institutions membership, the MINAB is delighted to offer its sincere and joyful congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on becoming parents.
As loyal citizens our membership takes particular pleasure in noting that the baby prince will Insha Allah one day become our King and we pray for his good health. We also pray that he remains God conscious as he grows up and shapes the destiny of our country to even greater heights.
Our humble congratulations are also sent to the grandparents of the Prince and to the great grandparents HRH the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. May this joyous and very special occasion bring greater harmony amongst people in our great country.
We'd like to share with you and invite you to attend one or more Big Iftar, which is taking place in various places.
You are welcome to bring your friends and neighbours from other faiths and cultures to attend with you and share the Iftar, to show people of other faiths and none, who perhaps have never been in a mosque or enjoyed a meal with Muslims, what it’s really like.
If you decide to attend a Big Iftar, it would be great if you can share your experience with us on:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBigIftar
- Twitter: @TheBigIftar
- The Big Iftar webpage: thebigiftar.wordpress.com
Here's the list of places where the Big Iftar is being held:
- Daily open Iftar: Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking - 149 Oriental Road, GU22 7BA
- Daily open Iftar: Darul Ummah - The House of the Community, London - 56 Bigland Street, E1 2ND
- Daily open Iftar @9pm: Ramadan Tent, London - SOAS University
- 7th August @8pm: Bab Il Ilm Centre, Leeds - 166 Shadwell Lane, West Yorkshire, LS17 8AD
- 4th August @8.30pm: Speakers Corner, Nottingham - King Street, off Market Square
- 1st August: Muslim Welfare House, London - 233 Seven sisters road, Finsbury Park, N4 2DA
- 31st July @8pm: St Philip's Centre with Federation of Muslim Organisations, Leicester - 2A Stoughton Drive North, LE5 5UB
- 30th July @7.30pm: Iftar with the Homeless with Baroness Hanham, London - Lincoln's Inn Fields
- 28th July @8.30pm: Speakers Corner, Nottingham - King Street, off Market Square
- 28th July @8.30pm: Jamia Masjid Ghousia, Leeds - 7 Brooklyn Terrace, Armley, West Yorkshire
- 28th July @7.30pm: Southwark Cathedral, London - London Bridge, SE1 9DA
- 27th July @8.30pm: Muswell Hill Bravanese Somali Community & Imam Khoei Islamic Centre with Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, London - Chevening Road, NW6 6TN
- 27th July @7pm: Centre for spiritual & cultural Advancement in Feltham - The Manor House, Manor Lane, TW13 4JQ
- 27th July @8pm: Leicester Central Mosque - Conduit St, LE2 0JN
- 27th July @8pm: Makkah Masjid with Baroness Warsi, Leeds - 36 Thornville Rd, West Yorkshire, LS6 1JY
- 27th July @7.30pm: Muslim Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Community in Leicester - 17A Duxbury Road, LE5 3LR
- 27th July @8pm: Qadria Jilania Islamic Centre, Manchester - St Johns Rd, Longsight, M13 0WU
- 27th July @8pm: Sakina Trust, London - 7-8 Vestry Road, E17 9NH
- 27th July @8pm: Zainabiya Islamic Centre, Milton Keynes - Peverel Drive, Granby, MK1 1NW
- 26th July @8.30pm: Brent Civic Centre, London - Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ
- 25th July @8.30pm: Noor Ul Islam, Bury - 2-4 Yarwood Street, BL9 7A
- 25th July @7.30pm: Jinnah Centre, Burnley - Brougham Street, BB12 0AS
- 24th July @8.30pm: Karimia Institute, Nottingham - 512 Berridge Road West, Bobbersmill, NG7 5JU
- 24th July @8pm: Masjid Al Falah, Leicester - 3-11 Keythorpe Street, LE2 0AL
- 24th July @8pm: Old Kent Road Mosque, London - 365 Old Kent Road, SE15 5JH
- 23rd July @7.30pm: Iftar with the homeless, London - Lincoln's Inn Fields
- 22nd July @7.15pm: Abrar House, London - 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP
- 21st July: UK Islamic Mission, Cardiff - 1Tydfil Place, Roath Park, Glamorgan, CF23 5HP
- 21st July @7pm: Southampton Medina Masjid, Southampton - Compton Walk, Off St Mary’s Road, SO14 0BH
- 21st July @8.45pm: Speakers Corner, Nottingham - King Street, off Market Square
- 17th July @8.30pm: Khadijah Education Centre, Oldham - 319 Waterloo Street, Glodwick, OL4 1ER
- 17th July @9pm: Mahfil Ali, London - Station Road, Middlesex, North Harrow, HA2 6AG
- 16th July: Iftar with the homeless, London - Lincoln's Inn Fields
We hope you are able to attend a Big Iftar event and invite your friends and neighbours to experience breaking the fast with you.