The National Council Discusses Census implications, MCB Elections and Humanitarian Crises Abroad
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Muslim Council of Britain's National Council convened at Harrow Central
Mosque for its scheduled meeting on Saturday 8th February 2014. The
elected and co-opted members to this forum meet regularly to set policy for
the Muslim Council of Britain and discuss issues facing Britain's Muslim
1. Census implications for
The members of the National Council discussed some of the key findings of the
Census Project and their policy implications. The Council noted that
significant presence of young people, increasing number of lone parent
families, educational, economic and health inequalities, and disengagement from
the political process pose both challenges as well as opportunities. The
Council decided to provide detailed briefings to the affiliates and stake
holders upon the completion of the report later in the year.
2. Elections at the Muslim
Council of Britain
Council were updated about the Council's election Annual General Meeting on
15th June 2014 in
London. A New Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General will be elected by
direct votes from the delegates. There will also be a quota of a minimum of 20%
elected representatives to be female. Guidelines for delegates and nominees
will be sent out in March and Candidates standing for the election will be
announced at the beginning of May. Further details and updates can be found here.
3. Concerns abroad
Council noted with concern the growing anti-Muslim tension and violence in Sri
Lanka and its potential impact on inter community relations in the UK. The
Chairman of the Committee of Sri Lankan Muslim Organisations (COSMOS), Mr.
Junaideen Mubarak, a member of the National Council, informed the meeting of
the need to work towards dialogue, peace and understanding. MCB expressed
solidarity and support for the community.
also raised concerns about the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria, the
growing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and attacks in al-Aqsa
Mosque, as issues requiring community awareness and support.