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.”

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.

The Chair of MINAB, Maulana Sarfraz Madni accompanied by Sayed Yousif and several member mosques visited the Somali Brevanese Association and held a meeting with its chairman and other prominent members of the community on 8 June 2013.

MINAB expressed support and solidarity with the Somali Brevanese Association at their difficult time and welcomed the response by the local community in the wake of the terrible fire attack earlier in the week, which saw the Association's building razed to the ground. The talks acknowledged the warm support and encouragement coming from Muslim and other faith and interfaith leaders as well as civil society organisations and politicians.

 

The talks also covered finding accommodation and giving practical assistance to the young Bravanese students. As a gesture of solidarity the delegation offered to find alternative venues to help ensure that the needs of the community were catered for at this time. MINAB additionally offered to help the Somali Brevanese Association recover from the incident over the coming months through raising awarness and calling for our member mosques to raise funds.

 

 

There is a growing climate of fear in Britain's mosques. Muslim institutions are being violently attacked with increasing frequency by anti-Muslim terrorists - last week's attempted bombing of Wolverhampton Central Mosque was the fourth such attack in two months. Mosques in Walsall and Tipton were targeted with home-made nail bombs, just weeks after a community centre in Muswell Hill was razed to the ground and the area was marked with EDL graffiti.

This is the tip of the iceberg. Evidence from the hate crime monitoring group, Tell MAMA, a government funded project, shows that ten per cent of reported anti-Muslim abuse is against mosques, while the bulk of the violence, abuse and insults are targeted at individuals. These attacks are fed by an unrelenting stream of Islamophobic rhetoric in the national press and the weakness of our politicians, who have too often resorted to dog-whistling electioneering rather than taking a principled stand in making Islamophobia and acts of terrorism against Muslim places of worship unacceptable. The demonisation of Islam and Muslims by some sections of our media and some politicians has provided fertile ground for a slow-burning anti-Muslim pogrom; the effects of which are now being felt throughout Europe.

While MINAB appreciates the efforts that West Midlands Police and other law enforcement agencies have made in response to some of the attacks, and in recognising the broader terrorist threat that underpins them, we find it deeply worrying that our political leaders are not articulating their revulsion and unacceptability of acts of extremism and terrorism that Muslims are being subjected to. This meekness diminishes our rich tradition of tolerance and respect for diversity, and gives succour to extremists of all stripes who seek to marginalise and terrify Muslims in Britain.

The abhorrent murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was widely described, both in the national press, and by Prime Minister David Cameron as an act of terrorism. But when Mohammed Saleem, an elderly Muslim walking to say his prayers in Birmingham, was set upon and killed in a gruesome and brazen attack, it received scant attention in the national media and was at first described as a hate crime rather than an act of terror.

Maulana Sarfraz Madni, the Chair of the MINAB said, “We call upon the government to protect mosques and worshipers without fear of being held to political ransom by extremists. It is hugely tragic that in our own country we are being subjected to acts of terror by a very small minority. We take comfort from the support we have received from leaders of other faith communities and the overwhelming section of the populace and for which we are grateful. We note with deep disappointment that our Prime Minister has not so far condemned the attacks on Mosques whilst the Archbishop of Canterbury has been strong and upfront in his views on the trauma facing Muslims.

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board expresses deep concern and shock at the rising threats to mosques and the attack on the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre in Muswell Hill.

Our support and sympathy goes to the congregation of the Mosque and the local community. It is particularly disturbing that fire crews have reportedly seen the letters 'EDL' graffitied on the side of the building.

Maulana Safraz Madni, Chair of the MINAB said:

“Since the abhorrent murder of one of our soldiers in Woolwich there has been a significant rise in Anti-Muslim hate and attacks. We must not be complacent in these times, Mosques and Imams must take all precautions to protect communities, buildings and businesses.”

The National Association of Muslim Police has issued guidance about safety and security for individuals, Mosques and businesses. Please find documents below:

If you are aware of Anti-Muslim attacks we encourage you to report this to the TellMAMA project, a monitoring and reporting service.

This is not meant to be a replacement for the Police Service. In an emergency, please call 999.

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