This course has been designed by the Muslim College to train and cultivate the skills of Muslims in the civil service, community workers, and those working in the British Islamic sector, either in a voluntary or professional capacity.

It is also aimed at developing the skills of Imams and Muslim Leaders in Britain regarding leadership and responses to the challenges that they may face in their different courses. The course will present an overview of Islam and Muslims within the British context and relate British values to the wider context of Muslims in Europe and the world. Thus, we will engage students critically on Islam and pluralism in both its historical and contemporary socio-political realities. The course will also look into issues of multiculturalism, media and Islamophobia. The course will examine as well issues related to Islam and Gender. Finally, the course will explore issues about youth and role of Imams in Multicultural Britain.

Aims & Outcomes


The Muslim College Community Leadership and Imamship course aims to help those who want to serve the British community by augmenting existing skills so as to provide enhanced spiritual advice and service to the British community. The programme provides participants with learning opportunities to integrate Islamic teachings in relation to work with the local community, foster reflective practices, maintain a high degree of confidence, being receptive to the needs and requirements of the individual and the community at large, and develop pastoral skills for the service of the British community.

A principle component of the course is bridging theory and good practices so that the theological, eschatological, interpersonal and spiritual skills they have and will have developed during the course of the programme are utilized to the utmost. Participants will be more confident and better equipped to work in their local communities, looking out for it and the individuals it comprises of, with the personal and spiritual care expected of a competent Imam. It is hoped the following will be achieved:

  1. The course will introduce participants to the Islam concept of pluralism and universality, and their contemporary exemplification
  2. Critically look into the role of Imams Today in Britain
  3. Understand the challenges of multiculturalism and Muslim responses
  4. Examine Islam, media and Islamophobia


  1. The participants would be able to develop skills of communication
  2. They would be able to respond to the challenges their communities may face in different scenarios
  3. They would be able to intelligently engage the wider community on issues of multiculturalism and Islamic responses
  4. They would be able to present the universal message of Islam in the light of its humane compassion and universal values
  5. The course provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate areas of knowledge and understanding, skills

Course Structures

The way British Muslim chaplains/Imams are trained is very much dependent upon where they choose to perform their duties. Although the chief responsibility of a Muslim chaplain/Imam is to offer personal and spiritual advice and care, the context within where they are operating very much affects the delivery of their counsel. The Muslim College Community Leadership and Imamship Course delivers a comprehensive and holistic training programme that will grant participants all the skills required in Britain’s charities, hospitals, prisons, hospices, universities and mosques fully engaging them with all other departments in the organisation.

Subjects covered in the Community Leadership and Imamship Course include:

  • British culture and history.
  • Introduction to the major issues of Muslim’s concerns in the light of Fiqh.
  • Introduction to the history of Islam and Muslims in Britain.
  • Perception of Muslims in the West
  • Islam in the Media.
  • Major Muslim groups and organisations in Britain.
  • Islam and citizenship.
  • Defences forces and Imams.
  • Madaras/School Management
  • Mosque Management: Youth Participation
  • Charity Commission: It’s relationship with Muslim organisations.
  • Fund-Raising: Techniques and Skills.
  • Dispute resolution.
  • Marriage and Divorce: Rules and Regulations.
  • N.H.S and Imams – (Importance of hygiene in Islam)
  • Education in Britain
  • Sex Education
  • Interfaith in the United Kingdom
  • Dawah work in the United Kingdom.
  • Public Speaking.
  • British Laws affecting Muslims, Mosques and Islamic organisations.
  • Prison service and Imams.
  • Muslim Women in Britain
  • Spirituality, ethics and community building.
  • Mental Health and Bereavement Care(Advice and Services)
  • Immigration Laws and Imams.
  • Islam and racism.
  • Local councils and working with the Muslim community
  • Counselling and Meditation

For further information regarding the programme or other courses and events at the Muslim College, please contact:

The Muslim College, 20 – 22 Creffield Road, Ealing, London W5 3RP

Tel: +44 (0)20 8992 6636   / Fax: +44(0)20 8993 3648