Fox Guarding the Henhouse Alert: “Mosque watchdog will vet clerics to tackle extremism,” from GulfNews, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
London: An organisation that will vet imams and tackle extremism in mosques is being launched.
The independent Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board will accredit imams, monitor their teachings and ensure recruits are followers of mainstream Islamic thought.
It will also advise the government on the suitability of overseas preachers who want to enter Britain and help governing bodies counter infiltration by radicals.
The board is being set up by the Muslim Council of Britain, the British Muslim Foundation, the Muslim Association of Britain and the Al-Khoei Foundation.
Clerics will be expected to have good English and reject extremist views. The board will have no legal power to bar imams.
It hasn’t been updated for many months, but here is a site that nevertheless contains useful information about just how “moderate” the Muslim Council of Britain really is.