About

The Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS) was established in 2007.

It is an umbrella body with over 90 affiliates; mosques, community organisations and Muslim schools. MCS seeks to build positive relationships within civil society to promote understanding and advocate for better social change. This is best highlighted through our collaboration with organisations such as the Muslim Council of Britain to bodies like Interfaith Scotland. Further, MCS regularly provides policy advice to the Scottish Government on a wide range of issues including islamophobia and hate crime.

Our key aims:

Represent: MCS represents the interests of our affiliates at a grassroots and Governmental level. This includes urgent media response and crisis management.

Support: MCS offers a range of services to affiliates; mosque training, media response, workshops for women in leadership, and beyond.

Strengthen: MCS is a grassroots organisation and we provide our affiliates with an effective network to share best practices and provide a platform for collaboration.

Our History

Since the establishment of the devolved Government in Scotland, a need had emerged for an umbrella body to provide a voice for issues of concern to Scottish Muslims. These feelings and need for better coordination were amplified in the aftermath of the June 2007 Glasgow Airport terror attack. In response to this need, Muslim Council of Scotland was formed with a steering committee to undertake engagement with Muslims Scotland wide.

In the summer of 2007, MCS Steering Committee undertook a series of focus group meeting with Muslim organisations across Scotland’s cities, including Glasgow, Edinburgh Dundee and Aberdeen. The Scottish Government Released a statement recognising the Muslim Council of Scotland as an important representative body for Scottish Muslims.

The Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“I am pleased that this government has developed such constructive links with the Muslim Council of Scotland, working to promote consultation, co-operation and co-ordination on Muslim affairs in Scotland.”

2019 March

MCS Coordinated Vigil in response to the New Zealand Terror attacks, with hundreds gathered in Glasgow City Centre. More vigils were organised across Scotland in solidarity.

Sept 2014

In response to the upcoming Scottish Independence referendum, MCS hosted a special husting. The event was attended by Nicola Sturgeon & Ammar Anwar for Yes and Anas Sarwar & Shiraz Ahmed for No. The event attracted widespread appeal resulting in a packed venue.

Oct 2013

MCS actively worked to raise concerns about the new influenza spray which contained Porcine Gelatine, ensuring that Muslims had access to alternative vaccinations.

June 2012

In order to facilitate greater engagement between Muslims and Service Providers and Third Sector bodies, MCS hosted the Gateway Event at Glasgow Central Mosque. The event attracted 22 organisations showcasing their services to the Muslim community.

July 2010

The Executive Board of Muslim Council of Scotland was invited for a special meeting with the First Minster of Scotland on his unveiling of the new report on Hate Crimes in Scotland, thus allowing MCS to question the First Minster directly on the impact of Hate Crimes on Scottish Muslims.

Sept 2007

MCS held its inaugural General Meeting at Glasgow Central Mosque where the first Executive Board of Muslim Council of Scotland was elected with Bashir Maan CBE as the Convener.

Our Values

1

Faith-centred

At the heart of the work we do is faith, the principles, and ethics of Islam. We are faith-centered in our objectives and decision making, this includes the core principle of shura; seeking consultation.

2

Inclusive

As a broad-based umbrella group MCS does not discriminate based on sect or a person’s background, MCS always strives to be inclusive in our work and teams.

3

Cooperation

MCS has cultivated relationships across organisations in the interfaith and civil society, this is important for building positive alliances to challenge injustice and promote harmony.

4

Respect

Scotland is home to many communities and MCS is committing to ensure we promote respect for people of all backgrounds, gender, disability, and ethnicity.