The British Board of Scholars & Imams

Month: March 2021

BBSI STATEMENT ON THE BATLEY SCHOOL AFFAIR

BBSI STATEMENT ON THE BATLEY SCHOOL AFFAIR

Reports suggest Batley Grammar School used materials that depicted the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) wearing a turban with a bomb in it. Such caricatures are extremely offensive and distressing which only serve to play into the stereotype of Islam and Muslims being synonymous with terrorism.

The BBSI has undertaken to prepare a clear statement about the status of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم, explaining precisely why Muslims are so hurt and distressed at such insulting depictions of him.

Schools have a responsibility to provide an environment in which children can feel safe, valued and respected and wherein their learning is carried out without ridicule of their beliefs and practices.

We welcome the acknowledgment of Batley Grammar School that the material used was inappropriate and was not conducive to a safe and healthy teaching environment, and note the steps they have taken in engaging with the local Muslim community to resolve the matter together.

We would also like to commend the various Batley Muslim community organisations on how they have constructively engaged with the school and are confident that an appropriate resolution will be reached.

Further, we support the right to publicly express views in a responsible and legitimate manner, which is also part and parcel of the Islamic tradition.

Finally, we encourage all Muslim communities in the UK to engage positively with their local authorities and schools on appropriate teaching materials which are age appropriate and sensitive to the pupils’ religious and cultural heritage.

Mental Health Toolkit for Imams and Scholars

Mental Health Toolkit for Imams and Scholars

The British Board of Scholars & Imams (BBSI) developed a unique mental health toolkit and delivered mental health training webinars to over 200 imams, scholars, chaplains and mosque committee members across the UK and abroad. Please see below the toolkit and a brief report of the webinars conducted. We would like to thank everyone for their participation. If you would like to organise a webinar please contact us: info@bbsi.org.uk

To download the toolkit please click Mental Health Toolkit

To download the webinar report please click MH_Toolkit_Webinar_Report_Final

Regulation permits Madrasas to open for face-to-face teaching, subject to conditions being met

Regulation permits Madrasas to open for face-to-face teaching, subject to conditions being met

Following a meeting on 23 March 2021 with a Government adviser, BBSI has confirmed that current Regulations in force from 8 March 2021 permit Madrasas to open for the purposes of supervised activities for children, that is for face-to-face teaching but only for a select group of children including:

  • where the child or young person is vulnerable, and
  • the provision or activities are reasonably necessary to enable the parent/person who has parental responsibility for, or care of the child, to work, search for work, to undertake training or education, attend a support group or to attend to a medical need.

Please read the Regulation and relevant Government guidance(s) including on out of school settings and on what is understood as vulnerable children – see links below.

Madrasa Managers who consider opening for face-to-face teaching as well as remote teaching must ensure risk assessments are updated including to take account of local infection rates and to implement reasonable precautionary measures to continue to ensure staff and students are safe at the Madrassah.

Regulations on Madrasa, i.e. supervised activity for children is likely to be eased and changed on 12 April 2021 to allow ‘all’ children to attend for face-to-face teaching.

If Madrassah Managers decide to open for face-to-face teaching, please consider as best practice:

  • To notify the Local Authority and Police of any permitted activity at the Masjid/Madrassah incl. sending a link of the Regulation to explain what it permits to pre-empt and avoid any complaints being taken seriously,
  • To post the relevant passage of the Regulation or its summary on the notice board – see link below.
  • To obtain appropriate support and advice

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  1. Summary of the current Regulation can be found on page 23 of the College of Policing website https://paas-s3-broker-prod-lon-6453d964-1d1a-432a-9260-5e0ba7d2fc51.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/2021-03/covid-19-england-regs.pdf

 

  1. Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated 11 March 2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

  1. Children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings updated 9 March 2021 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

 

 

Imams and Scholars Mental Health Toolkit Webinars

Imams and Scholars Mental Health Toolkit Webinars

The BBSI in partnership with MIND’S  ‘A time to change campaign’ have been delivering unique mental health webinars to imams, scholars, chaplains and mosque committee members all over the UK (europe, canada, USA etc). So far over 150 imams and scholars have attended.
For more info: info@bbsi.org.uk