Congratulations to our Chairman Imam Qari Asim MBE, who has been appointed as the independent adviser to tackle Islamophobia and to provide expert advice on a definition of Islamophobia to the government. This new work will build on the definitions of Islamophobia currently being considered, including the APPG definition.
Qari Asim is the Deputy Chair of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group and other charities and boards tackling hate crime and encouraging community cohesion. He has extensive experience representing Muslim communities and groups to tackle Islamophobia and hatred.
Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:
“The government is wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that Muslims are not targeted for hatred, persecution or discrimination. Imam Asim’s appointment marks a further step in helping us to achieve that goal and ensures that we develop an effective definition of Islamophobia which commands widespread support.”
Imam Qari Asim MBE said:
“To tackle the alarming rise in anti-Muslim sentiment, it is imperative that Islamophobia is defined. I am deeply committed to working across Muslim communities and with relevant stakeholders to formulate a legally robust, comprehensive and workable definition of Islamophobia. I am honoured to be entrusted with this role, which will have a far reaching impact in protecting British Muslims and tackling anti-Muslim hatred.”
Fellow MINAB trustees have been congratulating Qari Asim on his new appointment. Trustee Aksa Khan said of the appointment:
“Qari Asim’s appointment is a real milestone. I have been working closely with Qari Asim as a fellow trustee for MINAB and he is absolutely the right person for this post. Not only does he have the expertise in this field, he is current, inclusive and diverse. He understands the importance of having a correct definition. He is a great representative for British Muslims to be working on a definition that will be recognised by the government.”