Response to the BBC Radio 4’s documentary on the Deobandi movement aired on the 5th and 12th April 2016

Response to the BBC Radio 4’s documentary on the Deobandi movement aired on the 5th and 12th April 2016

Owen Bennett-Jones, concludes his second episode with the words, “Rational debate can only work if it’s on the basis of discussing what is actually going on and that’s why we made these programmes on the Deobandis” It was everything but a rational debate, nor did it accurately explain what is actually going on. Rather it […]

Advice to Ulema Regarding Deoband Documentary

Advice to Ulema Regarding Deoband Documentary

6th April 2015 Dear Respected Ulema, We hope and pray you receive this letter in the best of health and Imaan. BBC Radio 4 are currently running a two-part documentary on Deobandis in Britain. The documentary attempts to present the Deobandis as an isolationist and secretive organisation whose views help foster “extremism” and violence. Indeed, […]

Lancashire Telegraph – Lancashire Council of Mosques blasts proposals to require madrassas to be registered and inspected

Lancashire Telegraph – Lancashire Council of Mosques blasts proposals to require madrassas to be registered and inspected

THE Lancashire Council of Mosques has blasted proposals put forward by the government to require madrassas to be registered and inspected. The organisation has said that the out-of-school providers are ‘hugely important’ to the community and any attempt to regulate them would see hundreds close down. The government is currently leading a consultation into the […]

Revolution Radio – Rochdale & Oldham Mosques Support ‘Keep Mosques Independent’ Campaign

Revolution Radio – Rochdale & Oldham Mosques Support ‘Keep Mosques Independent’ Campaign

A government consultation ends today which could see mosques and madrassas forced to register out of school education settings. The Northern Council of Mosques says government sanctioned religious education will lead to alienated faith communities and unduly encroaches on the legitimate right of faith providers to teach their children their faith. Irfan Hussain is from ‘Keep […]

5 Pillars – Northern Council of Mosques issue statement against Govt interference in madrassas

5 Pillars – Northern Council of Mosques issue statement against Govt interference in madrassas

  Numerous mosque councils from the north of England have issued a joint statement criticising state intervention in madrassas. Below is the statement written by the Northern Council of Mosques in response to the UK Government’s consultation over the registration and monitoring of “out-of-school settings”. The statement has been sent to politicians, academics and the […]

Eastern Eye – Mosque leaders oppose religious schools clampdown

Eastern Eye – Mosque leaders oppose religious schools clampdown

A group representing 400 mosques in Britain has rejected government proposals which require around 2,000 Islamic religious schools to be registered and inspected. The government earlier launched a consultation on the new rules as part of its counter-extremism strategy which ends on Monday. In its response to the consultation, the Northern Council of Mosques said […]

BBC Online  – Mosques oppose madrassa registration

BBC Online – Mosques oppose madrassa registration

An organisation of mosques says it “unequivocally” rejects government proposals to require madrassas in England to be registered and inspected. The Northern Council of Mosques, representing 400 mosques, says this “encroaches” on religious freedom. The Muslim supplementary schools would have to comply with plans for tighter scrutiny over “out-of-school education settings” if the plans were […]