MASJID & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
AGM 2009 Report
As mentioned in previous reports, the activities of the Mosques and Community Affairs Committee continue to be centred around the work of the MINAB. Although we have had no formal Committee meetings, the work of recruiting mosques and Islamic Centres to become members of the MINAB is ongoing with particular emphasis in London and Birmingham.
Maulana Abul Hussein is now taking the lead in liaising with mosques in London while Maulana Kabiruddin of the Jami Masjid and Islamic Centre (Birmingham) is working with the Birmingham area. They are both providing extensive support to the recruitment efforts in an attempt to persuade those mosques and Islamic centres in these areas who have not yet become members of MINAB to join.
Since the MINAB elections and formal launch in May last year, the MCB is continuing to collaborate with the Chair, Executive Committee and Office Bearers of MINAB. The Membership Committee, a special committee of the MINAB chaired by the MCB (Dr Manazir Ahsan), is working hard with recruitment and, in particular, raising awareness both of the MCB and MINAB with various communities. So far three meetings with the Deobandi Uluma have taken place and considerable progress has been made in gaining their understanding and support for the work of the MINAB and the MCB. This work will help in further enhancing the contribution of the Deobandi Ulama and mosques in both the MCB and the MINAB.
Regular meetings of the MCB MINAB Committee (Dr Manazir Ahsan, Dr Akber Mohamedali, and Mr Chowdhury Mueenuddin) have taken place to establish the best way forward to support the MINAB. The first of these meetings was in December 2009, where the Committee membership was increased to include Dr Shuja Shafi, Mrs Unaiza Malik, Mr Azad Ali and Maulana Abul Hussein.
The most recent meeting was in May 2010, where the MCB's relationship with MINAB was reviewed and discussed. It was felt that the MCB is not playing as active a role as it could be in the activities and development of MINAB. It was therefore decided to make our relationship with MINAB more meaningful by being more proactive. In this regard, the Mosques and Community Affairs Committee members are meeting with other bodies to encourage involvement in the work of the MINAB. They met the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) in January 2010 to discuss their involvement and how to have better co-ordination.