The idea of establishing the Muslim College was first proposed by the late Prof. Mohamed Aboulkhair Zaki Badawi (1922-2006) at a conference of British Muslim leaders, held in 1978, at the Islamic Cultural Centre, Regent’s Park, London.
A plan was drawn up and presented to Muslim Ambassadors in the United Kingdom, in their capacity as Trustees of the Islamic Cultural Centre and the London Central Mosque. The Council of Ambassadors though welcoming the idea, could not make the necessary funds available. Further, since the London Mosque and the Islamic Cultural Centre were short of funds, the Centre could not undertake new projects.

In 1984, after several approaches to Muslim governments and organisations by Prof. Zaki Badawi, the World Islamic Call Society took up the challenge. The society met with Prof. Badawi and an agreement was signed for the establishment of the college.
The Muslim College began functioning as an educational institution of postgraduate studies in 1987, with the first cohort of students graduating with a Masters in Islamic Studies in 1990.