Launch of consultation by Mosques and Imams National Advisory Body(MINAB)

27th November 2007

Mosques and Imams National Advisory Body

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), an organisation founded by an alliance of leading Muslim organisations on 29th November 2007 will launch a wide-ranging consultation process with key stakeholders across the country on its proposed Constitution.

`This will be a historic day for the Muslim communities in the UK as it not only marks the beginning of public consultation on the proposed constitution but is also the start of consultations on the first ever draft standards for spreading good practice in the governance in mosques, educational institutions and centres for training of Imams and religious scholars’, said the spokesperson for the steering group of MINAB.

MINAB is a wholly independent community led initiative. It came into existence because of the pressing need recognised by the Muslim community to develop places of worship and learning also as centres of excellence of good governance and community cohesion, involving all sections of the community especially women and youth.

MINAB will build on the examples of good practice, governance and transparency of mosque management committees that are already in place in many mosques and will endeavour to provide capacity building tools to its members wherever necessary.

`It is a body which will enable its members to regulate themselves and to raise their standards of performance to the highest level’, said a spokesperson for the Steering Group of MINAB.

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Notes to Editors:
The Al-Khoei Foundation, the British Muslim Forum, the Muslim Association of Britain and the Muslim Council of Britain are the founding organisations of the MINAB.

The public consultation launch will take place on 29 November at Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Road, London W10 5YG, starting at 10.00am

The launch will be attended by leading Imams and Muslim scholars. Minister for Communities and Local Government has been invited and will attend as will spokesperson from the Conservative and Liberal Democrats.

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