The Association of British Muslims is a social or cultural, and not a political body; and Membership or Support is a cultural not an ethnic expression. We maintain that the “British Way-of-Life” and “British culture” can be compatible with Islam, and that all Muslims living in Britain should seek to realise this in their daily lives.
The aims of the Association of British Muslims are:
- a) to define a “British Islam” as an authentic vernacular cultural expression of Islam as a “system of life transactions” taking place in the United Kingdom and Crown Dependencies;b) to spread awareness of real Islam among the British peoples, teach the Shari’ah, and improve the stock of knowledge of all;
- c) to bring British Muslim muhtadiyin* (those guided to Islam) and their families into the ummat ul momineen (community of believers) and provide suhbah (instructive companionship) for them;
- d) to represent the particular interests, aspirations, and welfare of British muhtadiyin* and to speak and act for them at any level, and in any forum;
- e) to help the Muslim communities in Britain, Europe, and elsewhere in any way in which British Muslims may be especially fitted.
- f) to contribute positively on matters relating to faith and civic engagement.
* muhtadiyin (those guided to Islam): as Islam requires its continual practise, in our present environment and circumstances doing this requires a conscious choice, and the committment to this is a product of guidance just as though the person were converting. Thus, the Association of British Muslims holds that all such ‘committed Muslims’ are muhtadiyin.