MCB Elects Leadership, Defines New Vision
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) yesterday concluded its 11th Annual General Meeting with the re-election of Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari for his second and final term as Secretary General. Delegates from national, regional and local affiliates attended the AGM which was convened in the London Muslim Centre.
At its first session the MCB's newly elected Central Working Committee also re-elected Dr Daud Abdullah as Deputy Secretary General and Mr Farooq Murad as Treasurer, replacing Mrs Unaiza Malik who stood down from the post.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Abdul Bari thanked his colleagues for reaffirming their trust and confidence in his leadership. He pledged to consolidate upon the achievements of the past two years and complete a number of key projects initiated in his previous term.
The Annual General Meeting aimed to establish a new milestone for the organisation in its tenth anniversary year. The MCB's Central Working Committee endorsed the new vision statement for the organisation: "To empower the Muslim community to contribute towards achieving a cohesive, just and successful British society." In the coming months, the MCB will unveil a series of initiatives and activities that will be guided by this objective.
The Meeting also heard from a panel of academics and activists who discussed "Beyond the Terror Narrative, the British Muslim Community in Ten Years Time". Chaired by Dr Abdulwahab el-Affendi of the Centre for Democracy, Westminster University and author of Who Needs an Islamic State? panellists included Dr. Marie Breen Smith a counter-terror academic from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Matthew Wilkinson, a History teacher and researcher at King's College and Tassadiq Hussein of the Green Lane Mosque, Birmingham.
1. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK's largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.
2. Affiliates elect a Central Working Committee who then elect the Secretary General and other office bearers. The Secretary General can only stand for a maximum of two consecutive terms, each lasting two years each.
3. Videos of all the sessions will be come available on the MCB website shortly.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain,
PO Box 57330,
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079