Muslim Advisory Board to Address Extremism

June 28, 2006

Source: ADN Kronos International

On June 28, 2006 Adnkronos International reported, "Four major Muslim groups in Britain have moved to support the government's efforts to tackle Islamic extremism, by setting up the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB). The new body seeks to ensure mosque personnel have a better understanding of British Muslims' needs and address their concerns more effectively. 'As a secondary effect, MINAB will also reassure Britons that British Muslims are loyal to the UK principles and do not represent a danger,' Nadeem Kazmi, a senior advisor for one of the four groups, the al-Khoei Foundation, told Adnkronos International (AKI) in an interview. As well as the al-Khoei Foundation, a London-based international Shiite institution, the board will include representatives from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the British Muslim Foundation (BMF) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB). All four organisations have traditionally been engaged in the promotion of positive Muslim interaction with wider British society and in inter-faith dialogue. The board's founders intend it as an open body where others who share the same principles and aims are welcome to give their contribution, explained Kazmi, who is of Pakistani origin... MINAB originated from a proposal by the so-called Preventing Extremism Together working-group, a forum including all main Islamic British organisations which was set up by the Home Office soon after the London bombings."