The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) aims to improve governance in mosques and the training of Imams in the UK through an agreed system of self-regulation amongst its members.

We are recruiting an Administrative Officer to work part-time with the Chairman in our Wembley office for 15 hours per week, 10 of those hours must be on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday during standard office hours.

The rate of pay will be £9.7 per hour (London Living Wage).

 

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not confined to the following:

Delivery

  • To collate and keep membership records
  • To perform administrative and logistical tasks
  • To update website as instructed
  • To assist the Chairman in the performance of his duties
  • To organise and store paperwork, documents and computer-based information
  • To take minutes

Essential

  • Experience of working in the faith or voluntary sector
  • Well developed skills of written and oral communication
  • Good Knowledge of MS Office
  • To demonstrate a good working knowledge of maintaining a website
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Be willing to be trained to use the membership system

General

  • Organised approach to work
  • Tact, discretion and respect for confidentiality
  • Ability to use your own initiative by prioritising and managing tasks

 

The deadline to apply is 5pm, on 5th April 2016.

Please send your CV and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 19th November 2015

 

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board call on our members and their affiliates across the United Kingdom to adopt the “Prayer for the Nation” as part of their services and sermons, on Friday 20th November 2015.
One of the first and most fundamental ways Muslims show feelings of commonality and brotherhood is through prayer.

Imam Shahid Raza OBE, Chairman, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board said:
“The prayer is thought to be an opportunity for British Muslims to express a national identity in their own way. The prayers ask God to keep Britain a harmonious nation that protects the marginalized, upholds strong moral values and to promote loyalty among our diverse communities.”


“My colleague and I have given our full support to establish the “Prayer for the Nation”, and through our network of 1500+ faith leaders across the UK, we will be launching the Prayer at our sermons on Friday 20th November, but not exclusively our attention will also be at those who may not regular visit the Mosque, we will share on our Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp Accounts, we will get our young people to share on Instagram and SnapChat.”

“The prayer is not exclusive to faith leaders. We encourage it to be recited at our homes, madrassahs, community events, social gatherings and in our hearts and minds. We hope this will help nurture future generations of believers and contribute positively to the wider British society.”

Mustafa Field MBE, the Director of the Faiths Forum for London, said:
“The prayer could perhaps cultivate and give a voice to sentiments of amity and fraternity with British society at large.”

“The notion of citizenship revolve not only around moral values and legal obligations, but also around cultural narratives about identity and loyalty.”

“The concept of Britishness is fluid, but is based on our consensus around our shared values, and as a spiritual identity that favours cultural inclusiveness as an antidote to narrow nationalism.”

“The “Prayer for the Nation” is a contribution to the strengthening the sense of citizenship the holds our nation together.”

 

Below is a full transcript

Prayer For The Nation

Oh Allah, our lord, unite our nation around the principles of justice, peace, love and faith.

Put peace and love in our hearts for the diversity that makes our country so beautiful

Oh Lord, most Strong, Give us the strength to protect and care for our neighbours. 

Oh Lord, we pray for our nation, the United Kingdom. to remain loving, compassionate, remove prejudice from our hearts, and enable us to love our brothers and sisters of all faiths and none

Make our hearts and minds aware of our heritage, fulfilling duties and responsibilities as a citizen of our country!

Allah, Most Merciful, allow us to show kindness to those most vulnerable in society.

Protect us from evil, inspire and guide us in defending those open to abuse.

Lord, Most Generous allow us to give in charitable activity, and to help those most in need.

Lord give our Government vision and wisdom, as they take decisions affecting peace in our world. 

Allah, our Sustainer, allow us to care for our environment and sustain this world for future generations.  

Lord, Most merciful, Most Generous, please give us the patience to continue to learn from one another and work towards a more peaceful and kind world.

Make true in our nation the ideas of freedom and justice and brotherhood for all those who live for them.

Make our hearts generous so that we may treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Help us to share that which we have with others, for your sake. Strengthen us, love us and be kind to us all.

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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.


The Big Iftar The Big Iftar 2015 is coming to you, bigger and better!


If you're interested to know more about The Big Iftar, please check www.thebigiftar.org.uk

If you’d like to see how you can participate and what’s in store for you, you can check the website above, or get in touch with us via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We are posting upcoming Big Iftar events on our website, Facebook and Twitter, let us know if you'll be hosting a Big Iftar event this year!

A message of peace, on the occasion of International Day of Peace, on behalf of Southampton Medina Mosque Trust Ltd.

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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."

International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace, which is marked each year on 21 September, falls on a Friday this year.

The MINAB and other Muslim and faith based organisations are coordinating the participation of Mosques in marking the Day of Peace.

The MINAB would like to encourage Mosques to participate by dedicating the Friday sermon (Jummah Khutba) on peace.

If your mosque would like to participate, please inform the MINAB office, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Also, you can email us a short video message about peace. The video should be no longer than 2 minutes, which will be included as part of the International Day of Peace publicity.

POINTERS FOR MOSQUES

As part of the International Day of Peace, this year to take place on a Friday on 21 September, we are encouraging mosques and Islamic centres to lead the wider community in marking the day by organising activities and utilising the Friday sermon. Mosques and Islamic Centres throughout the world will be marking the day, to promote peace and stress the importance and values of peace today.

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 holy month of Ramadan is a time when many people give very generously, often to community organisations and Mosques, many of which are also registered charities.

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of Charities in England and Wales, and MINAB, the Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board, are encouraging people who want to give to charity to check if the charity they are donating to is registered with the Charity Commission, and to follow its safer giving advice. The Charity Commission offers safer giving advice around all major fundraising drives and emergency appeals.


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.

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