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Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB)

03 Apr 2006

Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB)

Press release

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board ((MINAB), an organisation founded by an alliance of leading Muslim organisations will tomorrow publish for consultation with stakeholders the Constitution and the first ever Core Standards for mosques and training establishments for Imams as part of efforts within the Muslim communities, to improve standards of governance and leadership through self regulation and self assessment. 


While emphasizing that mosques should excel as places of worship, promoting cohesive communities, and combating all forms of violent extremism in society, other key priorities set out in the documents are:

·   Increasing the skills and competencies of imams.

·  Developing mosques as centres of community cohesion, citizenship and dialogue. 

·  strengthening accountability and governance practices/procedures.

·  improving access of women and young people to mosques.

·  providing advice on the suitability of imams and scholars coming from abroad.

TThe publishing of the Constitution and Core Standards culminates months of intense coordinated efforts by MINAB’s founding members; Al-Khoei Foundation, the British Muslim Forum (BMF), the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).


MINAB will now step up work with Muslim communities and to begin with, encourage stakeholders to express their views on the documents and to sign up to the Constitution and Core Standards in a set time frame. In return, MINAB will provide practical advice, guidance and support to stakeholders to achieve the objective of self regulation with the aim of improving provision of services.

ENDS 

Embargoed 9 30 am 29 October 2007. 

For further details please contact Yousif Al-Khoei on 07957 207618

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Draft MINAB Standards

Standards Based Assessment through Self Regulation of Members.

 

The Way Forward for the MINAB

1.0       Introduction

The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) was formally launched on 27 June 2006. The MINAB is an advisory and facilitatory body.  It will facilitate self regulation through getting consensus from members to develop quality standards to which members will aspire towards.  Its advisory role will be to provide guidance and build capacity of members to move towards achievement of the standards.  It is an independent body which aims to work with and represent all Muslim traditions and schools of thought.

The first stage of creating the MINAB was a national consultation, which sought views on issues such as the accreditation of Imams, better governance of Mosques and interfaith activity. The information gained was used to develop and disseminate a good practice guide setting out the principles and procedures Mosques and Imams should follow to effectively lead their communities. However there was concern that the consultation process had not been extensive enough and that the information obtained was not complete enough to assist.

Since its launch, the MINAB’s work has been undertaken through an interim steering group comprising of representatives from the Al-Khoei Foundation, British Muslim Forum, Muslim Association of Britain and the Muslim Council of Britain.

1.1       Definition

The MINAB is an advisory body which 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.

1.2       Consultation

Consultation of such standards will take place to secure consensus amongst stakeholders. The consultation process will be an opportunity to share the vision of an advisory and self regulating body.

 

1.3       Stakeholders

 

a.         Mosques

b.         Imams

c.         Islamic centres

d.         Muslim educational institutions

 

2.0       The Guiding Principles:

 

The MINAB will be guided by the following principles:

 

o       Transparency

o       Confidentiality

o       Non sectarian in its outlook

o       Representing the diversity of Islam

o       Broad based with an accountable system of representation

 

2.1       Methodology:

Self regulation through agreed Standards: Self regulation allows stakeholders to own the process and is an effective starting point for capacity building.

3.0       Membership shall be open to:

a)     A Mosque or Islamic Centre which functions as place of worship for persons who believe in no God but Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) as His last Prophet and to whom the Qur’an the true Word of Allah was revealed, is eligible for membership of the MINAB provided it is located in the United Kingdom and it subscribes to the Aims & Objectives and adheres to the provisions set out in the Constitution, or

b)   An institution or establishment which is engaged or involved in the training - vocational or academic - of persons aspiring to become Imam or Islamic Teacher shall also be eligible for membership of the MINAB provided it is located in the United Kingdom and it subscribes to the Aims & Objectives and adheres to the principles set out in the Constitution, and

c)    Pays such fees as is set by the Executive Board.

4.0       Standard setting

The MINAB will through consultation and consensus, propose and develop standards for members.  These standards will reflect and take full account of all the relevant legal obligations. 

4.1       Accreditation:

The MINAB will then accredit members on these standards based on self assessment. 

 

5.0       Stages toward Implementation of a Self-Regulatory Structure

For self-regulation to take place, two major steps are required for the setting up of the self-regulatory institution:

1.      Rules and Standards

2.      Implementation and Monitoring

 

This document recommends a formative model, allowing the self-regulatory body to assess performance through compliance to the agreed standards on a self assessment basis.

 

Rules And Standards

A number of statutory provisions are relevant and applicable to Mosques as public places and to educational activities carried in and outside Mosques. Examples are the laws on health, safety, child protection, incitement to racial hatred, discrimination in employment and in service provision etc. Standards agreed through the MINAB will be developed to harmonise standards and which complement and supplement the law.

 

Implementation and Monitoring

Rules and standards, once they are formulated, must be implemented and verified, in order that the aim of the self-regulation is met.

 

6.0       Monitoring compliance of standards set

6.1       Members seeking accreditation will endeavour to provide assurance statement that they will meet the standards set by the MINAB

 

6.2       Random visits will be undertaken by trained teams appointed by the MINAB and the visits will be carried out on a random sample of members. 

 

6.3       The MINAB will publish an annual report. The report will identify the progress made in meeting the core standards and consider strategies to support members to meet the core standards.

 

7.0       Draft standards

 The examples of the standards below have been collated by reviewing existing documents such as “Good Practice Guide for Mosques and Imams in Britain,” “Mosques and Imams National Advisory Body Consultation Findings and Conclusions” and “Voices from the Minarets.”  Some of these standards have also come from a trawl of existing policies that apply to Mosques and Imams

7.1       Examples of standards for Members

Core Standard 1

Members apply principles of good corporate governance.

Element 1

Where relevant, members have a governing document which commits itself to open, democratic, accountable management.

Element 2

Where appropriate, members are registered as a charity, waqf or company.

Element 3

Where relevant, members have a publicly displayed policy on raising and spending funds.

Element 4

Where relevant, members have written and easily accessible policies on equality of opportunity, racial and religious harassment, health and safety, hygiene, child protection and each policy has clear systems set out for monitoring implementation. 

Core Standard 2

Members undertake systematic risk assessment.

Element 1

Members undertake regular monitoring to ensure compliance with Health and Safety, Hygiene, Fire Prevention, Childcare and protection, disability requirements etc.

Core Standard 3

Members, where applicable, maintain an up to date risk register

Core Standard 4

Members ensure that services are provided by suitably qualified and/or experienced personnel.

Element 1

All volunteers and staff involved in delivering spiritual care and treatment receive appropriate supervision, taking into account national guidance developed by the MINAB.

Element 2

Spiritual leadership is supported and developed within all disciplines

Element 3

Women, volunteers and staff have access to personal development and training including religious/scholarly training.

Core Standard 5

Members ensure that all volunteers and employees continuously update skills and techniques relevant to their work.

Element 1

Volunteers and employees from all disciplines have access to and participate in activities to update the skills and techniques relevant to their work.

Elements 2

Members have written policies with set out systems of implementation and monitoring on support, supervision and appraisal of volunteers and staff.

Element 3

Members cooperate with each other and with social care organisations to ensure that needs of their members are properly managed and met.

Core Standard 6

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 and women.

Element 1

Members set up Youth Committees to involve the youth and to cater to their needs.

Element 2

Members set up Women’s Committees to encourage participation of women and to cater to their needs.

Core Standard 7

Members protect children by following national child protection guidelines within their own activities and in their dealings with other organisations.

Element 1

Members have effective processes for identifying, reporting and taking action on child protection issues, in accordance with the Protection Of Children Act 1999, the Children Act 2004 and Working together to safeguard children (HM Government, 2006)

Element 2

Members work with all relevant partners and communities to protect children in accordance with Working together to safeguard children (HM Government, 2006)

Element 3

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are conducted for all volunteers and staff with access to members of the community in the normal course of their duties.

Core Standard 8

Members ensure there are programmes that promote civic responsibility of Muslims in a wider society.

Element 1

Members have programmes that actively combat all forms of violent extremism within the society at large.

Element 2

Members run bi-annual events to discuss, explore and promote the importance of living in peace with others in a culturally diverse society.

Element 3

Members initiate and promote citizens charter of responsibilities and rights.  

Core Standard 9.

Members ensure that interfaith activities take place with local communities.

Element 1

Members provide basic Islamic awareness training locally for communities.

Element 2

Members encourage participation in the events of other communities.

Core Standard 10

Where relevant, members provide support in matrimonial services including Nikah and mediating in matrimonial conflict resolution.

Element 1

Where appropriate, members have uniform procedures for carrying out marriages and standard documents for certification of marriages.

Element 2

Members ensure that forced marriages are understood and publicised as un Islamic

Element 3

Members ensure that use of violence and harassment in matrimonial or domestic matters is understood and publicised as un Islamic.

Element 4

Members endeavour to have activities to inform and educate on rights and responsibilities in matrimonial relationships.

Element 4

Members endeavour to cooperate with other agencies including the voluntary and public sector in bringing about reconciliation in fractured relationships.

This document outlines an approach for self regulation of members.   Each of these standards would need to be consulted upon with the stakeholders and lines of enquiry identified for the purpose of transparency and implementation.

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FINAL REVISED DRAFT CONSTITUTION OF THE MINAB

In the name of Allah the most merciful and the most beneficent

Hold Fast, all together, to the bond with Allah and be not divided.

PREAMBLE:

That as independent voluntary organisations working for the pleasure of Allah and for the betterment of Muslims in the United Kingdom we:

The Al-Khoei Foundation

The British Muslim Forum

The Muslim Association of Britain and

The Muslim Council of Britain

have joined together to work for the delivery of the aims and objectives set out hereinafter

and

have founded the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (The MINAB).

ARTICLE 1 

INTENT:

As founding members of the MINAB we hereby adopt this Constitution and we pledge to abide by its provisions intending the MINAB to be:

a)      An independent body

b)      Non Sectarian in its outlook

c)      Representing the diversity of Islam

d)      Broad based with an accountable system of representation

 

ARTICLE 2

AIMS & OBJECTIVES 

The MINAB is an advisory body which will facilitate good practice in the governance of Mosques and improvement in the performance of Imams. Its advisory function will be discharged through provision of guidance. Its facilitatory function will be discharged through consensus on Standards and Good Practice. 

 

OBJECTIVES

 a)    Assist in building capacity of Mosques to function as community hubs.

b)    Assist Mosques in matters of governance.

c)     Advise on improved access and involvement of women and youth to Mosques.

d)    Spread best practice through the development of standards.

e)     Advise relevant bodies on training requirements/needs for Imams.

f)       Advice on the skills and competencies for appointment of Imams.

g)    Advise members on legal compliance.

h)      Provide information to members on access to resources and/ or make better use of resources for achievement of standards.

i)        Facilitate harmonisation of standards in relation to religious education in Mosques and Madresahs.

j)        Encourage mosques to become centres of community cohesion, citizenship and dialogue.

k)       Advise on the suitability of Imams and scholars coming to the UK from abroad.

l)        Co-operate and engage with other regulatory and non regulatory bodies in the UK and abroad to enable MINAB to achieve its aims and objectives.

  

ARTICLE 3

MEMBERSHIP

a)     A Mosque or Islamic Centre which functions as place of worship for persons who believe in no God but Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) as His last Prophet and to whom the Qur’an the true Word of Allah was revealed, is eligible for membership of the MINAB provided it is located in the United Kingdom and it subscribes to the Aims & Objectives and adheres to the provisions set out in the Constitution, or An institution or establishment which is engaged or involved in the training - vocational or academic - of persons aspiring to become Imam or Islamic Teacher shall also be eligible for membership of the MINAB provided it is located in the United Kingdom and it subscribes to the Aims & Objectives and adheres to the principles set out in the Constitution, and   Pays such fees as is set by the Executive Board.

 

ARTICLE 4

STRUCTURE

The structure of the MINAB shall comprise of:

a)      The  General Council

b)      The Executive Board

  ARTICLE 5

 THE GENERAL COUNCIL – MEMBERSHIP 

a)   The General Council shall consist of delegates from all members and also those appointed by the Executive Board to reflect balance of schools of thought in Islam, gender and ethnicity.

b)  Each member in the category of a Mosque or Islamic Centre which provides basic services shall appoint one delegate to the General Council. A Mosque or Islamic Centre in this category shall be such as is defined in the Standing Orders made in pursuance of Article 9.

c)   Each member in the category of Mosque or Islamic Centre with extended services shall appoint two delegates to the General Council.  Mosque or Islamic Centre with extended services shall be such as is defined in the Standing Orders made in pursuance of Article 9.

d)  Each institution or establishment admitted as member shall appoint one delegate to the General Council.

e)   The Executive Board may, appoint by nomination, no more than five delegates to the General Council. The delegates so appointed may not be from amongst the membership of the MINAB.

  

ARTICLE 6

THE GENERAL COUNCIL – DUTIES

       a)   The General Council shall meet at least once a year.

b)   It shall give the strategic direction to the MINAB.

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