Members of The Muslim College
“For nearly three decades the Muslim College has been the beacon of Islam in Britain providing thoughtful leadership, training and a focus for the intellectual and academic matters. It has produced more ‘homegrown’ Imams than any other comparable institution in the country and has been in the frontline in the challenge of forging a Muslim identity that is at ease with British society. Its fiercely independent approach coupled with connections to experts in all fields has also made it a one-stop centre for academics, journalists, teachers and policy makers. The uniqueness of its contribution makes it one of the most indispensable faith institutions in the country.”
“The College in its endeavour to provide Muslim clerics with a good background on Islam’s humanistic heritage is making a significant contribution to Muslim communities in the twenty first century, where respect for pluralism and diversity is becoming more and more important if we are to achieve greater peace and understanding in a globally interconnected world. Imams are important links between Muslim communities and the wider world in which they are living and the more they are informed of global issues such as conflict resolution, environmental protection, and medical breakthroughs brought about by the new knowledge society in which we are living today, the better they will be able to guide young Muslims in their search for a more credible and sustained identity that is able to coexist with the modern world.”
Having lectured to the imams from various countries and cultures in Alternative Dispute Resolution, I was deeply impressed by the College’s vision and efforts to inculcate this worldview in the imams it trains.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working at the Muslim College in London alongside my senior colleagues and other members of staff. I have particularly enjoyed engaging in scholarly discussions with our highly dedicated and diverse body of students and visiting scholars. Our GC and MA Programmes in Islamic Studies are unique and a gruelling set of programmes but by the end of which you’ll have grown immensely. More importantly, you will have noticed this same growth in your classmates. The daily interaction among students from different cultures and backgrounds, both in the academic and personal sphere, provides unparalleled learning opportunity, enabling you to recognise and value diversity and difference of opinion.
Studying in London offers countless opportunities to engage with prominent international speakers and thinkers. For example, students who study at our College can benefit from the facilities and teaching activities relevant to Islam and Muslim peoples offered by neighbouring institutions such as the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Economics.
For all those reasons I wholeheartedly recommend our MA and other programmes to anyone with a serious passion for Islam and its rich scholarly or intellectual heritage.
The Muslim College was the first Muslim institute in Europe to train Imams and leaders for the community. The graduates of the college are now leading voices in their communities as MPs, Imams, teachers, scholars and charity workers.
As a lecturer at the Muslim College for more than 14 years I am proud that I am a part of these achievements.