Monday, October 29, 2007

Rulebook for mosques to drive out extremists

Guardian Unlimited reported The first attempt by British Muslims to set out the core standards and constitutions for Britain's 1,350-plus mosques and Islamic centres has been drawn up by a new body representing four leading groups. The move was welcomed by Hazel Blears, the communities secretary. Ministers have often complained that there is a lack of oversight of mosques, and hope the proposals for standardised rules on governance and leadership could help to drive out extremism.... The proposals have been drawn up by the year-old Mosques and Imams National Advisory Body (MINAB), set up by four leading Muslim groups in Britain - the Al-Khoei Foundation, the British Muslim Forum, the Muslim Association of Britain and the Muslim Council of Britain.... It also proposes improving access of women and young people to mosques. The new body, according to its constitution, would also provide advice on the suitability of imams and scholars coming from abroad.
It's about time. I wish them luck.

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