Uniting the community to celebrate a multicultural Britain

06 Jun 2011

This weekend, British Muslims will affirm its confidence in a plural, multicultural and prosperous Britain. The Muslim Council of Britain will hold its fourteenth Annual General Meeting on Sunday 12 June, bringing together a cross-section of Muslim civil society in Birmingham to discuss the prospects for British Muslims.

In a week when the Government will outline a strategy that may have a profound impact on the lives of ordinary British Muslims, this annual meeting will discuss and debate the accelerating pace of Islamophobia and chart out a creative vision for the place of Muslims in a multi-ethnic, plural Britain.

The event will be held at the Muath Centre in Bordesley, an affiliate of the MCB that stands out as an example of Muslim civil society at its best – a community hub that also reaches out and provides social services to its neighbours of all faiths and none.

The meeting will address the too-ready criticisms of multiculturalism – and the readiness of some politicians to place all that ails Britain at its doorstep. It will address how the community itself is tackling terrorism and will articulate common criticisms that, all too often, Muslims are seen through the prism of security.

Practical issues

The MCB’s Annual General Meeting will bring together a cross-section of Britain’s diverse Muslim community. In addition to celebrating the place of Muslims in British society, the Meeting will also explore practical issues facing the community.

Judge Khurshid Drabu CBE and business strategy consultant Nozmul Hussain will present their recommendations to ensure that the MCB is ‘fit for purpose’ in an environment much changed since when the body was first launched in 1997.

The programme also includes workshops examining mosque practices and Islamophobia. Speakers and contributors include Yasin Rahim exploring the issue ‘Why mosques need to invest in standards’ and Abdulkarim Vakil, who has studied the rise of Islamophobia across Europe. A third workship will consider coordination on crescent sighting and a range of issues requiring standardisation and proper certification in Halal. The concluding session of the day is a panel chaired by Sir Iqbal Sacranie devoted to seeking better understanding and reconciliation both within and beyond Muslim communities.

Amongst confirmed contributors in the various workshop and general sessions are Usman Ali (NUS Vice President), Mufti Zubair Butt, Maulana Shoaib Mirpuri (Jamiat Ahle Hadith), Jaffer Kapasi, Omer al- Hamdoon, Maulana Abdul Majeed Nadeem, Maulana Sulayman Gany, Maulana Bostan Qadri, Allama Shahid Raza ( Chair, MINAB), Tankut Soykan, Selina Ullah and Salma Yaqoob (Leader of Respect Party)

For further information or to register attendance please email admin@mcb.org.uk or phone Shahid Kazi on 0845 2626 786