We Need To Be Paying Our Imams A Fair Wage
What does an Imam’s function embody? What ought to an Imam be paid? Should non secular management be seen as a profession or a calling? These are simply a number of the questions that Muslim communities throughout the UK have been debating over time.
As Chief Editor of Imams Online, I’m hoping that with the launch of our ‘Fair Wage Campaign’ for Imams, we are able to spark a severe, a lot wanted and wholly overdue dialogue on present salaries, wage constructions rights of Imams throughout the UK within the hope of bringing about basic change that considers the altering roles and duties positioned on 21st century non secular management.
The Roles and Responsibilities of a 21st Century Imam
There is little question that the roles and duties of up to date Imams have basically modified over time. Whereas preliminary Muslim migration to the UK would have been content material with the Imam that led them within the 5 each day prayers, as we speak’s society requires a religion chief that gives a holistic service inside the Mosque and efficient engagement and illustration exterior.
Within the context of social media and with the expansion of third and 4th technology Muslim communities within the UK looking for non secular steerage and a contextual understanding of their religion, the expectations on the Imam have grown and developed. What we are attempting to say with this marketing campaign is that Imams have to take an trustworthy take a look at whether or not they’re fulfilling their roles as religion leaders to the fullest extent, employers of Imams i.e Mosques and Islamic Centres want to understand the calls for on Imams each professionally and of their familial obligations and guarantee they’re paid a good dwelling wage and at last, that seminaries graduating Imams incorporate management and abilities based mostly coaching of their schooling to go with non secular data and successfully put together potential Imams to fulfill the calls for of their career.
The following infographic we have now produced summarises what the work of a 21st Century Imam ought to embody:
The Professional Rights of the Imam
Taking into the account the duties and expectations of the Imam in modern society, it’s essential that employers i.e Mosques and Islamic Centres afford them their employment rights as laid down in a proper contractual settlement between the Imam and his employer.
In my function as CEO of Faith Associates, I’ve all the time been a robust proponent of the necessity to professionalise the Imam as a profession. Given what is predicted of an Imam, it is just honest that there’s an settlement between him and his employer that ensures they’re afforded their employment rights and given readability round grounds for dismissal and on reporting grievances.
Below highlights a number of the key rights that should be afforded to an Imam of their preliminary contract:
- Clearly outline when employment begins
- Clear working hours per week
- Details of key anticipated duties along with main prayer
- Clearly outlined p/a remuneration and technique of cost
- Holiday entitlement per 12 months and price of pay (together with financial institution holidays)
- Sickness/harm pay and situations
- ‘Notice of Termination’ interval for employer and worker
- Grievance procedures as acknowledged in statutory rights
- Understanding of procedures and grounds for dismissal
- Clear pension schemes accessible
What Are We Paying Our Imams?
Arguably the most important grievance from as we speak’s Imams is that their dedication and laborious work isn’t precisely mirrored of their wage.
If we settle for that the function and duties of Imams has modified and if as a group, we’re dedicated to encouraging younger seminary graduates to pursue this as a viable profession and wish to guarantee we entice our greatest and brightest to this career, it’s essential that salaries are reflective of this and contemplate the housing and familial obligations an Imam additionally has.
In a current evaluation by ‘MuslimView‘ that regarded into Imams’ pay, it discovered that along with being paid effectively under the nationwide common (at the moment at £28,000), Imam salaries weren’t knowledgeable by pay scales and their employment not often concerned any alternatives for skilled growth and extra coaching.
The wage grievance of Imams is a perennial challenge that must be addressed. We can’t start to speak about respecting one another if this isn’t a precept we apply to our leaders. The infographic under compares the common wage of comparable degree professions as Imams.
Within this context and contemplating the evolving roles of an Imam, it is necessary that we set up benchmark figures for an Imam’s wage, present will increase based mostly on expertise and guarantee they’re given avenues for skilled growth.
The ‘Fair Wage Campaign’ hopes to behave as a catalyst for discussions round defining the function of a 21st Century British Imam and instilling into Mosques and Islamic Centres the necessity to professionalise the employment practices regarding them.
It is essential that Imams are revered for the laborious work, dedication and companies they supply to the group.
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