On the 25th of January MINAB held MosquesLeadership 2020 event at Minhaj Welfare Foundation in Manchester. The program, which the participants showed great interest, started at 12:30 and lasted five hours.
The conference was opened by Imam Qari Asim, chair of MINAB and Moin Azmi, trustee & vice chair of MINAB. The event covered three interactive sessions each followed by a Q&A session and allowed the participants to do the critical review of their own mosques and Islamic centres. During the Q&A sessions, participants were able to raise questions that concern their organisations, consulting the experts about their questions as well as networking with mosque leaders from across the UK.
The first session was presented by Khalid Sofi, who is a partner of Lee Bolton Monier- Williams and specialises in charity and public law and has many years of experience advising charities and not for profit organisations on a range of issues from the initial set up and registration process through to specific issues of governance, audit and risk management. Khalid Sofi talked about Legal Structures and Best Practice in Mosque Governance and focused on topics such as different legal structures for mosques and how & when to decide whether to change or upgrade a legal structure, responsibilities of the trustees for good governance in mosques and Islamic centres and complying with regulatory obligations and best practice.
The second session was presented by Fakrul Choudhury who is an SFI consultant and currently runs a consultancy supporting the development of faith and wider community organisations. During the session, Fakrul talked about the ways of ensuring safeguarding for children in faith institutions and mosques, the importance of understanding sexual harassment in a faith setting and the definition of whistle-blowing.
The final session was presented by Mustafa Field, director of Faiths Forum for London, who is known and holds an OBE for efforts in strengthening integration and social cohesion and has a good knowledge of the faith and the different communities and practices with particular concerns around community relations in the UK. His session covered a series of key points regarding Building Digital Capacity in Mosques and Islamic Centres.