Brief Judging criteria
The general criterion for the Imam and Scholar is that he/she has achieved a degree level traditional learning in the Islamic sciences at a recognised Islamic Seminary here in the UK or abroad. Below are (list not exhaustive) some of the eligibility and judging criteria of the successful awardees.
Inter-faith Work Award
The individual demonstrates that they have carried out interfaith work in their locality or nationally.
- Involved with interfaith work/projects for at least 3 years
- Carrying out frequent interfaith activities locally and nationally
- Demonstrates practical inter-faith work
Chaplaincy Work Award
The individual demonstrates that they are working in a voluntary or paid capacity in the chaplaincy field.
- Minimum of 5 years working as a chaplain in a voluntary or paid capacity
- Actively works part of their community providing spiritual and pastoral care
- Facilitates training opportunities in areas of religious and spiritual care and ethical issues
Community Cohesion Award
The individual is active in promoting community cohesion at local or national level.
- Is engaged in one or two activity in the area of community cohesion
- Is recognised in his/her community for the community cohesion work
- Is contributing to the social & personal development of the members of his/her community or nationally
Education & Teaching Award
The chosen individual has demonstrated outstanding contribution to education and teaching.
- Is working in the area of education and teaching
- Runs educational projects/classes in his/her community
- Promotes balanced and contextual understanding of Islam
Charity Work Award
The chosen individual demonstrates outstanding contribution in the area of charity work in the UK.
- Involved with a charity project currently or in the past
- Is working with a charity project or has volunteered in the charity sector for at least 3 years
- The charity work is focused in improving lives of the most vulnerable in the British society
Youth Work Award
The chosen individual demonstrated that he/she has been involved in improving the lives of youth.
- Developed and managed projects that deal with issues like education, health, bullying, crime or drugs etc.
- Has been working on a paid or on a voluntary capacity in the field of youth work for at least 2 years
- Demonstrated, through the voluntary work, that he/she is able to connect with the youth
Women’s Empowerment Award
The chosen individual demonstrates that he/she has advocated and promoted excellence in empowering women’s participation in society.
- Promotes women’s rights in public
- Involved in projects that help women better their lives
- Undertakes volunteering work to educate women about Islam and being good British citizens
The chosen individual is recognised in their community for delivering outstanding, educational and insightful Friday sermons.
- Frequently delivers khutabhs at mosques and Islamic centres in English/Arabic
- The sermons are consistent and delivers a balanced and contextual understanding of Islam
- The community recognises the Khatib to be promoting moderation and values that are both Islamic and in congruity to British values
Da’wah Work Award
The chosen individual has a track record of Da’wah (inviting people to Islam) work in the UK. The individual promotes Islam to the wider public with wisdom and clarity.
- Involved in paid or voluntary capacity in Da’wah work for at least 3 years
- Has established or helped in the establishing of Da’wah initiatives at his/her local community
- Demonstrates working with wider community in the UK
Media Engagement Award
The chosen individual has worked and represented Muslims in the media on a variety of issues and concerns.
- Regular appearance on mainstream news platforms
- Delivers frequent interviews on the news representing the mainstream Muslim views
- Engaged and actively participating in social media