m1On Sunday 25 April 2010 the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) held its Annual General Meeting at the Leicester Central Mosque.

 

Over 200 delegates and guests from around the county gathered to celebrate the achievements of the MINAB and to mark out its plans for the future.

Members voted in favour of a number of amendments to the MINAB constitution which will allow it to progress its registration as a charity with the Charity Commission.

There were also presentations on the MINAB Self Certification form and the Vetting and Barring Scheme, introduced to protect children and vulnerable adults. A number of workshops were also held to allow members to discuss the future work of the MINAB Specialist Committees.

The Chair of the MINAB, Maulana Shahid Raza OBE said:

“The unique character of the MINAB is its inclusivity; that is our slogan and our vision; we have shown in the past that we all can and must work together and we are ready to meet the many challenges that lay ahead for mosques and indeed the Muslim community.”

Sister Syeda Khalida Rahman, Al Khoei Foundation said:

“We all have a duty to participate in society and to recognise our common values. Of course there are differences but we understand that our strength lies in our values of unity and respect.”

Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, British Muslim Forum said:

“There are so many challenges facing the Muslim community today. The MINAB as a grassroot initiative has huge potential to work towards overcoming these and to make a realm2 difference to local communities.”

Dr Ahmad Al Rawi, President of the Muslim Association of Britain said:

“Within the MINAB there are people from different backgrounds but we have all come together as Muslims. This is vital to help Imams and mosque committees to fulfil their duty to their communities and society.”

Dr Manazir Ahsan, the Muslim Council of Britain said:

“The MINAB was created after many months of consultation. Today we have met in order to advance and progress our work in important areas such as increasing the participation of women and young people. Mosques are pivotal to our communities- the MINAB’s job is to fortify and support them.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) is the representative body of all UK Muslim denominations set up to promote excellence in Mosques and Islamic Institutions.
  2. Twelve hundred people representing six hundred mosques and Islamic Institutions from across the country and from all sections of the Muslim communities, Shi'as as well as Sunnis, joined together on Sunday 10th May 2009 in Birmingham to elect the Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board.