self-regulation and capacity building
It is essential that mosques do not just become places that are used for a few hours for worship purposes only. Instead, they should act as havens for community interaction while following certain guidelines. MINAB which is an advisory and facilitatory body has taken this visionary step to look at the role of mosques in the local communities. In addition to that, its function is to promote good governance by helping the mosques in the UK to be capable enough to develop their faith institution through the process of self-regulation and capacity building based on agreed standards. This work is essential for community cohesion and institution development by regulating the operations of these mosques by following certain policies and procedures.
good governor principles
MINAB is a community-led and independent organisation that aims to honor Islamic traditions and schools of thought, and is guided by the following principles:
- An independent body
- Representing the diversity of perspectives and outlooks in Islam with a unanimous belief in matters of theology.
- Broad-based structure with an accountable system of representation
The MINAB standards are upheld via a compliance system and framework, which was developed after thorough consultation with community and faith leaders in the UK to promote good governance and good practice. It is imperative that the mosques which are members of MINAB comply with some standards set for faith institution to ensure proper management and administration at the premises. These 5 standards are:
Standard 1: Compliance with Regulatory Policies and Procedures for Effective Governance
Standard 2: Service Provision by Qualified Personnel
Standard 3: Participation of Youth in Community Activities
Standard 4: Participation of Women in Community Activities
Standard 5: Promotion of Civic Responsibility
Mosques that meet these standards will be offered certificates and awards by MINAB which will be a mark of their stellar service quality. This approach provides an opportunity to build capacity within the Muslim community and empower members to share their learning and good practice with a commitment to social action, community cohesion, and localism.
MINAB also has specific recommendations for the Imams and members of the mosques. Part of these recommendations includes receiving training in equality legislation and good organisational practices so that they can ensure that all legal requirements are being met during service delivery and community engagement activities. Whilst many Imams are led by a desire to help all communities, those who are new to this sector may especially require additional support to ensure that services are being delivered while taking into account the diverse backgrounds of the community in which they work.