About us

MINAB is the Mosque and Imams National Advisory Board. It is an advisory and facilitatory body for good governance in mosques and for improving the performance of Imams and Islamic Teachers through a process of self-regulation based on agreed standards. Learn more about the Self Regulation and Standards.

Guiding Principles

The MINAB is community-led and independent. It works with and is inclusive of the major Muslim traditions and schools of thought. The MINAB is guided by the following principles:

>> An independent body
>> Non sectarian in its outlook
>> Representing the diversity of Islam with no role in the matter of theology
>> Broad-based with an accountable system of representation

MINAB’s standards

MINAB’s five standards aim to facilitate the spread of good practice amongst its members.

1) Members apply good principles of corporate governance
2) Members ensure that services are provided by suitable qualified and/or experienced personnel
3) There are systems and processes in place to ensure that there are no impediments to the participation in the activities, including governance, for young people.
4) There are systems and processes in place to ensure that there are no impediments to participation in the activities, including governance, for women.
5) Members ensure that there are programs that promote the civic responsibility of Muslims in the wider society.

Who governs the MINAB?

The MINAB is governed by its membership through an open and democratic process. All members become part of the MINAB General Council which then elects, every two years, the Executive Board. The Executive Board elects/appoints the office-bearers – the Chair, 4 Vice-Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Who can join the MINAB?

1) A mosque or Islamic centre
> which functions as a place of worship for persons who believe in no God but Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) as His Prophet and to whom the Qur’an, the true Word of Allah was revealed
> Located in the United Kingdom
2) Subscribed to the Aims & Objectives and adhere to the principles set out in the Constitution
3) An Institution or establishment
> Engaged or involved in the training – vocational or academic – of persons aspiring to become Imams or Islamic Teachers
> Located in the United Kingdom

How can your mosque become a member?

All members of the MINAB must subscribe to its aims and adhere to the principles set out in the constitution. By joining the MINAB, members agree to work towards meeting the Standards. Members will self-regulate on this set of Standards and will be offered support until they receive their accreditation. This approach provides an opportunity to build capacity within the Muslim Community and empowers them to share their learning and good practice.

Why and how to become a member?

MINAB’s aims and objectives

The MINAB is an advisory body that will facilitate good practice in the governance of Mosques and improvement in the performance of Imams.

Its advisory function will be discharged through the provision of guidance.

Its facilitatory function will be discharged through consensus on Standards and Good Practice.

Objectives

1) Assist in building the capacity of Mosques to function as community hubs.
2) Assist Mosques in matters of governance.
3) Advice on improved access and involvement of women and youth to Mosques.
4) Spread best practices through the development of standards.
5) Advise relevant bodies on training requirements/needs of Imams
6) Advise on the skills and competencies for appointment of Imams.
7) Advise members on legal compliance.
8) Provide information to members on access to resources and/or make better use of resources for the achievement of standards.
9) Facilitate harmonization of standards in relation to religious education in Mosques and Madrasahs.
10) Encourage Mosques to become centers of community cohesion, citizenship, and dialogue.
11) Advice on the suitability of Imams and scholars coming to the UK from abroad.
12) Co-operate and engage with other regulatory and non-regulatory bodies in the UK and abroad, in order to enable the MINAB to achieve its aims and objectives.

Members

SELF REGULATION AND STANDARDS

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board between 2008 and 2009 conducted a national consultation with Mosques to develop quality systems and standards for Mosques and Training Institution. The MINAB Standards developed are a unique approach to promoting quality and best practice in our Mosques and Training Institutions.
In April 2010 the MINAB launched a self-certification process whereby all members have been asked to submit a declaration whether they fully or partially meet the five standards approved by the MINAB. Members of the MINAB will receive help and support in adopting the self-regulation standards.

Standard 1: Members apply principles of good corporate governance

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Standard 2: Members ensure that services are provided by suitably qualified and or experienced personnel

Evaluation of evidence that needs to be taken into account by organisation for self assessment

Standard 3: There are systems and processes in place to ensure that there are no impediments to the participation in the activities, including governance, for young people

Evaluation of evidence that needs to be taken into account by organisation for self assessment

Standard 4: There are systems and processes in place to ensure that there are no impediments to the participation in the activities, including governance, for women

Evaluation of evidence that needs to be taken into account by the organisation for self-assessment

Standard 5: Members ensure there are programs that promote the civic responsibility of Muslims in the wider society.

Evaluation of evidence that needs to be taken into account by the organization for self-assessment.

WHY BECOME MEMBER

Why become a member?
Becoming a member of MINAB is taking action for the improvement of our Institutions; MINAB is an umbrella organisation that aims to protect and support Muslim institutions in the UK. When becoming a member, your institution will be offered:
>> A variety of resources to raise the standing of your institution.
>> Assistance in the matter of governance.
>> Support in spreading best practices through the development of standards.
>> Access to MINAB’s resources and/or make better use of resources for achievements of standards.
>> Advice on the suitability of Imams and scholars coming to the UK from abroad.
>> Access to MINAB events, either free or at a discounted rate.

Who can become a member?
MINAB is an umbrella organisation. Any of the following can choose to become a member.
>> A Mosque
>> A Islamic Centre
>> An institution or establishment that provides vocational training that leads to accreditation or a certificate or diploma or degree as Imam.
>> An institution or educational establishment, which provides academic training/courses leading to qualification as Islamic Teacher.

How can your Institution become a member?
All members of the MINAB must subscribe to its aims and adhere to the principles set out in the constitution. By joining the MINAB, members agree to work towards meeting the Standards. Members will self-regulate on this set of Standards and will be offered support until they receive their accreditation. This approach provides an opportunity to build capacity within the Muslim Communities and empowers them to share their learning and good practice.

Fees
The fees are set up according to the size and the services that your organisation is set up to provide.

A charge of £25 will apply if your organisation is:
>> A Mosque or Islamic Centre, which provides regular and facilities for prayers five times a day and Jumah midday prayers.
>> An institution or establishment that provides vocational training that leads to accreditation or a certificate or diploma or degree as Imam.
>> An institution or educational establishment, which provides academic training/courses leading to qualification as Islamic Teacher.

A charge of £50 will apply if your organisation is:
A Mosque or Islamic Centre, which in addition to providing facilities for prayers, also provides any other service or services such as Islamic teaching, funeral service, marriage registration, circumcision, and activities that facilitate community cohesion may qualify for membership as Mosque or Islamic Centre with extended services.

APPLICATION
To apply online, please click here.

To receive a hard copy, please email us at admin@minab.org.uk

OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Membership Terms & Conditions

Message from the Chairman

Assalam u Alaikum,
As you may be aware, members of the MINAB met for the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 30th June in Leicester at which a new Executive Board was elected.
The MINAB’s new Executive Board will be managed by the newly elected Board of Trustees, which consists of:

Our Team

Ali Albatati

Ali Albatati

Treasurer
Imam Qari Asim

Imam Qari Asim

Chairman
Moin Azmi

Moin Azmi

Vice Chair
Ms Aksa Khan

Ms Aksa Khan

Vice Chair

The relaunch of the MINAB and election of a fresh Board represent a renewed commitment by the MINAB to strive towards the fulfillment of its five standards which aim to facilitate the spread of good practice amongst its members.
Our core objectives include ensuring that Mosques are safe and well-governed, services are provided by suitably qualified personnel, and are engaging with our youth, women, and society at large. We are looking forward to working with Mosques and training institutions across the country and engaging in open and meaningful conversations with a diverse spectrum of British Muslims in order to raise standards and facilitate community cohesion.
To this end, we will be in contact as and when relevant issues arise, but also respectfully request that you do not hesitate to contact us in the meantime in the event that we can be of any assistance to your organisation, or should a matter arise which you think would benefit from our input or of which we ought to be aware. We look forward to working with you in the coming weeks and months.

May Allah Almighty bless you and protect you.

Yours truly,
Imam Qari Asim MBE
Chairman