National Conference kick starts consultation for better mosques


KARACHI: Mosque leaders from across the country joined a major national conference today exploring the evolving role of mosques in 21st century Britain.
Organised by the Muslim Council of Britain, the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body, the conference kick-starts a community consultation process aimed at developing an institutionalised approach to excellence amongst Britain’s mosques.
The ‘Our Mosques, Our Future’ conference saw over 450 mosque leaders and activists come together to debate the challenges and opportunities facing mosques in Britain today under the theme ‘#More Than a Prayer Space’ Speakers including Imam Abid Salik of York Mosque, Maryam Hassam of Hyderi Islamic Centre and Ishtiaq Ahmed of Bradford Council for Mosques, shared their inspiring stories of how their local mosques have excelled in fields such as outreach work, supplementary school provision and social care delivery.
The conference also sees the launch of ‘Better Mosques: a Community Consultation’, a nation-wide exercise to determine how mosques can best share good practice and collectively strive to raise the quality of service they offer to congregants and the community around them. Speaking at the ‘Our Mosques Our Future’ conference, Harun Khan, MCB Secretary General, said “Many mosques in Britain are already doing amazing work and our objective must be to share that good practice and inspire even more mosques towards excellence. Today’s consultation launch invites the views of mosques and local communities on how best we can achieve this and the MCB is committed to working with all our stakeholders and partners to make sure the consultation results are translated into real tangible action afterwards.”