UK Islamic Mission (UKIM)
The UK Islamic Mission is a national organisation with over 40 branches and Islamic Centres working across the United Kingdom. The UK Islamic Mission formed in the early 1960's, it has served the Muslim community in particular and has helped to build bridges of understanding and mutual respect across faith communities.
As a national organisation, it organises events at local, regional and national level to improve the understanding of Islamic beliefs, practices, information and knowledge. This includes running daily educational classes for the young, weekly activities for teenagers, youth and male/ female adults, seminars for Muslims and other faith communities, exhibitions at schools and libraries, as well as facilitating visits to Mosques (Masajid) and working with interfaith groups throughout the country (England, Scotland and Wales). Furthermore, volunteers of UK Islamic Mission visit hospitals and prisons to help the less fortunate.
UKIM was established by the elders of the Asian community to build an infrastructure to support the generations of Muslims coming after them and though at times they can be quite traditional in their outlook they are to be applauded for the work they have done and their overall contribution to Islam in the UK.
The Islamic Society of Britain and Young Muslims UK
The Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) was set up in the early ‘90’s to provide a vehicle for committed British Muslims to combine their knowledge, skills and efforts for the benefit of one another and British society as a whole, through the promotion of Islam and Islamic values.
Along with their youth wing, the Young Muslims UK (YM) established in the early ‘80’s, their aim was to bring together the youth, men and women from all social and ethnic backgrounds, and different schools of thought, for the benefit of all. As such, membership largely reflects the diversity of the British Muslim landscape.
ISB welcomes all Muslims and non-Muslims, helping them understand Islam and live by its teachings and principles. They strongly believe that working for Islam is not just about campaigning for Muslim rights, but also about sharing Islam's view on God, life and society. They approach and carry out this work as an organised and dedicated group, engaging in sincere and constructive dialogue.
ISB are the most engaging organisation with British Society and hold a number of events which are enjoyed by the whole community in its entire diversity. The number of converts to Islam from across the UK who are involved in ISB shaping its strategy and methodology and supporting its goals is progressively growing. Their major annual events are the Islam Awareness Week in November and the Living Islam Camp which attracts up to 4000 participants of all ages at the Lincolnshire Showground in July/August.
The Muslim Parliament of Great Britain
Since its inception in 1992 the Muslim Parliament has concerned itself with the affairs of Muslims in Britain. It debates issues affecting Islam and Muslims, and champions their causes. The Parliament is an independent national forum on which all Muslims, irrespective of denomination or racial origin, can meet to pursue their common objectives.
Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS)
Established in 1962, FOSIS stands for the Federation of Student Islamic Societies, a body that caters for the needs of Muslim students in further and higher education across the UK and Ireland. The Federation seeks to uphold the Qur’anic verse, "Hold fast to the rope of Allah, all of you together, and be not disunited" (Quran 3:103). The organisation has two central aims which are to serve and represent Muslim students.
The activities of FOSIS are guided by the objectives and aims of the Federation. These objectives are to unite all existing student Islamic organisations in the UK and Eire and to encourage and help in the formation of such organisations. FOSIS aims to encourage and help members to conduct congregational prayers, lectures, discussion groups, and Islamic classes for the Muslims in their areas. It seeks to create the right atmosphere for the fulfilment of Islamic duties, and to foster and to protect the interests of Islam. Members are encouraged to participate in community work for Muslims.
FOSIS, though intensely active and organised in the majority of Universities across the whole of the UK, tends to be a little idealistic in its approach which is perhaps reflective of the age range of the administrative, managerial and student populous it represents.
The Muslim Association of Britain
The Muslim Association of Britain is a British organisation established in November 1997, dedicated to serving society through promoting Islam in its spiritual teachings, ideological and civilising concepts, and moral and human values—all placed in the service of humanity.
The Muslim Association of Britain works hand in hand with sister Muslim organisations, civic institutions, and political bodies to achieve the positive integration of Muslims in the wider British society and also contributes in outreach to people of other faiths, encouraging dialogue and cooperation between religions… etc. It seeks to realise its goals through its various organisational units; most importantly, youth and students, women, media, public relations, education and dawah.
MAB mainly consists of and therefore attracts Muslims of Arab extraction. It was established principally to address the concerns of Arab Muslim families and their children growing up in the UK and its approach is by and large Arab oriented and directed.
Muslim Council of Britain
The Muslim Council of Britain is a national representative Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools. The MCB is pledged to work for the common good of society as a whole; encouraging individual Muslims and Muslim organisations to play a full and participatory role in public life. The organization seeks to promote co-operation, consensus and unity on Muslim affairs in the UK. It aims to work for a more enlightened appreciation of Islam and Muslims in the wider society. MCB works to establish a position for the Muslim community within British society that is fair and based on due rights. An important goal is to work for the eradication of disadvantages and forms of discrimination faced by Muslims and to foster better community relations which would benefit society as a whole.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a global Islamic political party that was established in 1953 under the leadership of its founder - the scholar, political thinker and judge in the Court of Appeals in al-Quds (Jerusalem), Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. Hizb ut-Tahrir’s global leadership is currently headed by Ata’ abu Rishta. Hibut Tahrir aims to establish an Islamic way of life by reintroducing the concept of the Khilafah (Caliphate) state by following an exclusively political method.
Hizb ut-Tahrir adopts the methodology employed by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) when he established the first Islamic State in Madinah. The Prophet Muhammad limited his struggle for the establishment of the Islamic State to intellectual and political work without resorting to violence.
The party presents Islam as a comprehensive way of life that is capable of managing the affairs of state and society. The party also expresses its views on political events and analyses them from an Islamic perspective. It disseminates its thoughts through discussions, study circles, lectures, seminars, leaflet distribution, publishing books and magazines and via the Internet. In the West, Hizb ut-Tahrir works to cultivate a Muslim community that lives by Islam in thought and deed, adhering to the rules of Islam and preserving a strong Islamic identity. The party does not work in the West to change the system of government. The party also works to project a positive image of Islam to Western society and engages in dialogue with Western thinkers, policymakers and academics.
Al-Muhajiroun (a proscribed organization)
Al-Muhajiroun (The Emigrants) is an Islamic organisation whose two offshoots, The Saviour Sect and Al-Ghurabaa are banned under the British Terrorism Act 2006 , for the 'glorification' of terrorism. It operated in the United Kingdom from 14 January 1986 until the British Government announced an intended ban in August 2005. Omar Bakri founded Al-Muhajiroun in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 3 March 1983 following "the 59th anniversary of the destruction of the Ottoman Caliphate," in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. According to Bakri, the Hizb ut-Tahrir leadership did not accept the group. As such, Bakri established Al-Muhajiroun independently from Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Al-Muhajiroun's proclaimed aims are to establish public awareness about Islam, to influence public opinion in favor of the sharia , to convince members of society that Islam is inherently political and a viable ideological alternative, to unite Muslims on a global scale in the threats facing the Ummah and to resume the Islamic way of life by re-establishing the Islamic Caliphate. In June 2009 following more than a five year hiatus the organisation re-launched itself.
Islam for the UK has been established by supporters of Al-Muhajiroun as a platform to propagate Islamic ideology within the United Kingdom as an alternative to man-made law. The aim of this organisation is to establish the worldwide dominance of Islam and shari’ah law. These objectives are to be achieved by changing public opinion in favour of Islam in order to transfer the authority and power (from those with authority and power) to the Muslims. The organization is led by Anjem Choudary.
The Nation of Islam
The Nation of Islam (N.O.I.) is a religious organization founded in Detroit, Michigan, United States by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad in July 1930, with the self-proclaimed goal of resurrecting the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of the black men and women of America. The N.O.I. teaches that W. Fard Muhammad is both the "Messiah" of Christianity and the Mahdi of Islam. One of Fard's first disciples was Elijah Muhammad (1897-1975), who led the organization from 1935 through 1975. The N.O.I. also promotes the belief that God will bring about a universal government of peace. Mainstream Muslims consider the group as a heretical sect of Islam due to the differing beliefs of the concept of God, race, prophecy, and many others. However, in recent years the group has come a little closer to orthodox Islam by observing Ramadan and the Friday prayers.
Since 1978, Louis Farrakhan has been the leader of a reconstituted N.O.I., the original organization having been renamed and dissolved by Warith Deen Muhammad. The N.O.I.'s national center and headquarters are located in Chicago, Illinois, which is also home to its flagship Mosque No. 2, Mosque Maryam. It is estimated that the sect has about 20,000 members. By the time Elijah Muhammad died in 1975, there were 75 centers across America. In 1975, Warith Deen Mohammed was installed as Supreme Minister of the Nation of Islam. Thereupon he renamed the organization "The World Community of Al-Islam in the West" which later became the American Society of Muslims and shunned his father's theology and black separatist views, and accepted whites as fellow worshipers and forged closer ties with mainstream Muslim communities in an attempt to bring the Nation of Islam closer into Sunni Islam. Many former members of this sect have come to embrace mainstream Islamic beliefs.
Tuesday 25th of April 2017