The Muslim Council of Britain held its National Council meeting on 12 September 2015 at the headquarters of its affiliate Dawatul Islam UK & Eire in London.
The National Council is the highest decision making meeting body of the MCB. The Council issued the following resolutions:
1. The National Council expressed deep concern about the issue of terrorism and the daily stories of young people going to Syria. The Council resolved to redouble efforts to pursue a community-led effort to respond to the situation. The Council resolved to initiate a series of projects to do this, culminating in a community conference on terrorism and extremism later in the year.
2. The Council noted deep concern at the huge rise of reported Islamophobic hate crimes. The Council urged its affiliates to press the matter with elected representatives, and called on government and civil society to give Islamophobia with the seriousness it deserves.
3. The Council called on Muslim organisations to play their part in welcoming refugees coming to the UK and to recognise the significant difficulties faced by those already in the country and seeking asylum. The Council resolved to establish a Refugee and Asylum Seekers Response Taskforce to coordinate a scoping exercise and advise on practical matters, to help the Muslim community play its part in responding to the crisis. The task force will be led by Iqbal Nasim, Chief Executive of the National Zakat Foundation.
4. The Council reaffirmed its commitment to promoting good practice amongst their affiliates, National or local, mosques or charities. This includes encouraging all of our institution to adhere to the highest standards, and where children and vulnerable people are concerned, ensure there is a more than adequate duty of care.
5. The Council paid tribute to Bashir Osman, a member of the National Council who was also the President of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis). He was a fine and active servant of the British Muslim community and is sorely missed by Britain’s Muslim student community. Bashir passed away in July in an accident in Switzerland. The Council also extended its condolences to the families of those who died at the Grand Mosque in Makkah yesterday. A special prayer was done for all.