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.


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

Weekly Lectures

Week1 Introduction: An overview of the Course
Week2 Islam and Pluralism I
Week3 Islam and Pluralism II
Week4 Islam and Media
Week5 Islamophobia
Week6 Islam and Gender I
Week7 Islam and Gender II
Week8  Islam and Youth
Week9  Islam and Leadership
Week10 Role of Imams in Multicultural Britain


  • Written self-reflection assignment of up to 1,500 words which must be submitted before the end of the programme;
  • Classroom Participation;
  • Minimum of 80% attendance to the programme;


The Imamship Programme is an experiential course whereby participants will learn from encounters and experiences with those they meet. Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance validated by the World Islamic Call Society and the Muslim College, London.


  • Candidates MUST hold a minimum undergraduate degree in Islamic Studies (or equivalent).
  • Candidates MUST be Muslim for the purpose of leading Muslim congregation(s).
  • Candidates MUST demonstrate competency in English language, inter-personal skills and experience in community work.
  • Prospective students may be asked to attend an interview.


  • Male and female Chaplains/Imams.
  • Community and Youth Workers/Advisors/Consultants on religious/Islamic affairs.
  • Mosque Managers.
  • Managers of Madarassah and/or Islamic Cultural Centres.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply as there is a growing need for women chaplains


  • The Muslim College Imamship Programme is expected to commence on October, January and April.
  • Classes will generally be held on Monday evenings between 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
  • Course will run for twenty (10) sessions.


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