ABOUT OXFORD MUSLIM COLLEGE
The Oxford Muslim College has been established to advance Islamic Studies infused with the spiritual vision of Nisbat Rasuli. Our vision is guided by the fact that we do not consider ourselves as foreigners living in a foreign land but British citizens, born and nurtured in the United Kingdom.
Our teaching and all that we do will reflect two major strands that have shaped and influenced my religious outlook. First, is to build on the scholarly legacy of my late mentor and teacher, Shaykh Dr. Zaki Badawi KBE (1922-2006). This means to recognise that the world we inhabit is plural, and secular, with religion being one option amongst a number of choices. We therefore need Muslim faith leaders who understand this context and have a grounding in western thought that provides the underpinning of modern man's outlook. Therefore, we seek to cultivate rigorous and critical engagement with Islamic studies, so that the Muslim faith leaders graduating from Oxford Muslim College represent the highest standards of scholarship.
Second, for the last two hundred plus years, there has been a sustained attack by a plethora of reform and now terrorist movements on the 'heart of Islam' - Sufism. Our spiritual vision is shaped and informed by Nisbat Rasuli - one of the largest and most significant Sufi spiritual orders in the world. We take the view that in the contemporary world it is the teachings of the great spiritual masters, such as Shaykh Shah Naqshband, Shaykh Muhyiddin ibn al-Arabi, Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani, Shaykh Muhyiddin Chishti, Hadhrat Pir Nazir Ahmad, and His Holiness Pir Harun al-Rashid, that must be imbued by Muslim faith leaders. Teachings that root the humanity of the other at their heart and make the highest expression of Muslim leadership, to be servants of their fellow human beings. We will seek to realise and embody in our lives and those whom we train as future Muslim faith leaders, the Sufi maxim: 'The other is my brother.'
Imam Monawar Hussain, MBE DL