The Chairman of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, Maulana Sarfraz Madni has said that “MINAB welcomes the opportunity created by the Panorama programme to put the record straight on Shariah Councils."

In this context we should like to emphasise that Shariah Councils are voluntary bodies which function by agreement of parties to a dispute. No person, male or female, can be forced to appear before a Shariah Council nor do the Shariah Councils have any legal powers of enforcing their conclusions or their suggested remedies. A party who feels aggrieved or dissatisfied with decision or conclusion of a Shariah Council is free to seek remedy from Civil Courts.

It is our view that Shariah Councils perform an essential and effective role for the Muslim communities in the United Kingdom. The assumption that such Councils are “forced” upon Muslim women has no evidentiary foundation. On the contrary there is overwhelming evidence of women being the main users of the Shariah Councils by their own will.

LogoThe Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) is dedicated to increasing the awareness of issues affecting our planet. The environmental crisis that humanity is facing requires the attention and action of all communities in the UK. The Muslim community has an important role to play in this respect. The challenge that we face is enormous.

MINAB calls on all Mosques and Imams to mark the occasion of Climate Week to renew our ambition to combat climate change. The MINAB welcomes the many positive steps already being taken in communities across UK to mark Climate week particularly from the faith sector.

PRESS RELEASE: MINAB condemns Bahraini destruction of Mosques

Immediate Release: 17th May 2011


MINAB is deeply concerned by the report of the Independent (19th April 2011) that “Bahraini government forces backed by Saudi soldiers, part of the 1,000-strong contingent that entered Bahrain last month, are destroying mosques and places of worship of the Shia majority”. The report quotes Ali al-Aswad, an MP in the Bahraini Parliament who said that: "So far they have destroyed seven Shia mosques and about 50 religious meeting houses”.

Maulana Shahid Raza OBE, Chairman of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) said: “We condemn in the strongest sense the actions of the Bahraini government in the destruction of Mosques in Bahrain”.

“Whatever the actions of the Bahraini pro-democracy movement may be it does not justify any government to destroy holy places of worship and shrines. This is against Islamic teachings and the principles of human rights”.
“We call upon our government as well as the Bahraini government to use all their powers to stop such barbaric and evil actions in Bahrain immediately”, he said.

Advice for Imams and Mosque Leaders on dealing with the recent abusive film and incidents of hatred against Muslims and Islam generally

It is unfortunate that the world's attention - this past week - has been directed to the insulting and disgraceful film - titled: “Innocence of Muslims”.

This film is full of abusive material and is a vile attempt to ridicule the Prophet (peace and prayers be upon him), as well as the Qur'an and Islam. It has been widely condemned and has led to strong and in some instances, sadly to violent protests.

The MINAB strongly deplores and condemns the film. The MINAB urges that our response to the deliberately provocative act should be peaceful and intelligent. We must not rise to the bait but take heed from the conduct of our noble Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).


DAILY JANG REPORT on the East London Mosque becoming member of the MINAB

The Imam of a Mosque in Brussels has been killed in an arson attack on the place of worship. The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board condemns the terrible attack.

Chairman of the MINAB, Maulana Safraz Madni said: “These attacks are outrageous; Mosques are places of worship and sanctuaries for all Muslims. Such barbaric attack on places of worship, is abhorrent and is an attack on all our religious and human values. Such attacks are affront to all human and religious values and aim to inspire hate and disrupt the harmony of community relations.”

"The death of scholar is a loss for the Ummah. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the congregation of the Imam Raza Masjid in Brussels and in-particular to the family of the bereaved and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured".

We would like to bring to your attention, as a matter of serious concern, that a number of mosques in London and in other parts of the U.K. have been targets of suspicious packages and mails. The source of this post to date is unknown, however due to the malicious nature of this crime, both the police and MINAB are taking this matter very seriously and police inquires are continuing.

Although no lethal material has been found in the package nor has anyone sustained any injury or physical harm, it is crucial that mosques are made aware of this raising concern and take all precautionary measures when handling the post. 

Maulana Shahid Raza,OBE, Chairman of the MINAB said:
“This hate inspired act has caused distress and disruption to a number of mosques in the UK and aims to spread fear and hate crime. The MINAB will take this matter up with the authorities and will continue to provide support to Mosques in tackling all forms of hate and extremism. It is important for Mosques and all institutions to regularly review their security policies and procedures to effectively manage all risks."

In the event that a mosque or an Islamic Institution receives a suspicious package or post, please treat the matter as serious and immediately follow police advice as stated below:-

Call 999
1. Do not touch or handle the mail/package any further.
2. Remain calm.
3. Move everyone away to a safe distance.
4. Safely communicate instructions to staff and public.
5. Ensure that whoever found the item or witnessed the incident remains on hand to brief the police.

In light of these incidents, the public are also urged to remain vigilant and to immediately report anything suspicious by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

The MINAB has prepared guidelines for our members dealing with suspected packages and materials.

Guidelines for Mosques and Training Institution dealing with suspected packages and materials


For information or support please contact the MINAB office on 0208 9937141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Channel 4’s Dispatches Programme ‘Lessons in Hate and Violence’ on Monday 14 February 2011 highlighted incidents of abuse of children and teaching of intolerance in British Mosques and Madrassas. Maulana Shahid Raza OBE, Chairman of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) said: “There are around two thousand Mosques, Madrassas and Islamic Institutes in the UK. The majority of the Mosques, Madrassas and Islamic Institutes are making positive contributions by teaching  good citizenship, respect for all religions and individuals and  providing a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment”.

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) welcome the refocused Prevent Strategy. This Strategy correctly highlights that Mosques can play an important part in supporting those vulnerable in society and in particular those who are being groomed for terrorism. The Prevent Strategy includes interventions to stop people moving from extremism into terrorist-related activity.

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) condemns the suicide bombing that targeted a Coptic church in Alexandria on New Year's Day. Such attacks are affront to all human and religious values and aim to disrupt the harmony of our communities who have lived together for hundreds of years.

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