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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."

SOUTHAMPTON’s Muslim community invited the wider community to share one of their most important festivals.

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.

Among the invited guests at the Iftar event was Southampton Itchen MP John Denham and city councillor Derek Burke.

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.

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.

The MINAB held the first consultation meeting about Shariah Councils in the UK at London Muslim Centre, London on 13 May 2013.

The meeting was well attended and it was chaired by Maulana Mohammad Shahid Raza OBE. Representatives of all four MINAB founding members were present as were representatives of many other local and national Muslim organisations. The meeting was also attended by many scholars as well as women groups.

In his opening address the Chair of the meeting made it clear that MINAB is an inclusive, non sectarian and community led body; any work it does in the area of Shariah Councils will also be inclusive and community led. He said that there is a difference in standards in the existing Councils and MINAB will be looking to draft standards with a view to publish a code of conduct following public consultation.

The Chair requested Judge Khurshid Drabu CBE, a leading architect of MINAB, to explain his views on the work that he would recommend the MINAB to do.


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