“Male or female, you are equal to one another” (Quran 3:195)
On the 13th February 2016, at the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, Faith Associates organised and delivered a unique conference entitled, “Women in the Prophet’s Mosque”. The aim of the conference was to explore the vital role being played by Muslim Women in institutional settings and the need to further empower and support their development as leaders in the community. There were a range of speakers present who are all seen as leaders in their respected communities; Shaukat Warraich, Shaykha Ruqaiyya Waris Maqsood, Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Shaykha Safia Shahid, Shaykha Razia Bismillah, Shaykha Batool al Toma & Ustadha Julie Siddiqui.
What was also very special about this event was that it saw the official launch of the ‘Muslim Women’s Guide to Mosque Management, Governance & Service Delivery’. This guide was compiled by the speakers at the event, it is a resource dedicated to the spiritual, emotional and practical development of Muslim women as they continue to serve their communities through central institutions such as the Mosque. The contributions to this guide cover a vast array of topics, from the roles of early Muslim women in the Mosque to specific vocational avenues, such as Chaplaincy, Counselling and Interfaith work. The guide will be available for download very soon, you can register for your copy here: http://www.faithassociates.co.uk/muslim-women-mosque-governance-management-and-service-delivery/
The event consisted of presentations from each speakers on the need for Muslim Women to have a role in Mosque Management and looking at ways this can be achieved in communities around the UK. Each speaker had a dedicated workshop to which attendees would sit and listen to their personal experiences and take part in an engaging session, joining together in debating this important topic.
This is not the first time Faith Associates has organised an event looking at Muslim Governance, sessions have been done in the past looking at Muslim Women in Mosque Governance & Service Delivery, watch one of the events here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF2Q5TWweMs