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The organisation

The Islamic Society of Britain is a community based charity and not-for-profit company. Established in 1990, we were one of the first organisations that sought to evolve a uniquely British flavour to Islam.

In order for this to happen we felt that Muslims would have to think seriously about understanding their faith in a British context.

Our aims are:


  • To promote greater understanding and awareness of Islam
  • To organise, educate and enhance the development of British Muslim communities
  • To encourage positive contribution to British society and the promotion of social justice

We are one of the largest national networks of British Muslim volunteers, successfully harnessing the broad skills base of our members, who hail from a variety of backgrounds – ‘stay at home’ mums and dads as well as doctors, lawyers, teachers…

Members directly elect the Chair along with a National Policy Board (Shura) that overlooks the direction and policies of the organisation. A National Executive overlooks the operation and delivery of projects. Locally, members also elect a Branch Co-ordinator and set up working committees to direct local voluntary work.

The Islamic Society of Britain has played an important and positive part in how British Muslims think about their faith. Some of our innovative activities often broke new ground, emboldening and empowering many others to create projects of their own.

The Islamic Society of Britain views Islam as a religion of peace and a continuation of age-old teachings from God to humanity. Not as a new religion, but as a way of life that has a strong focus – in spiritual terms on the worship of one God, and in social terms on justice and equity between people.