Masjid Vacancy


12th September 2019


Job title: Imam (Islamic Minister of Religion)

Fixed-Term: Permanent/full Time

Location: 170 Gascoigne Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 7LH.

Salary: £10.50  – 11.00/hr (negotiable - depending on experience)

Closing date: 18th November 2019


Alnoor Cultural & Educational Trust seeks to appoint an Imam for the Mosque to take responsibility in religious, community and educational affairs of the Mosque, and to provide religious guidance and establish a unified Muslim community in London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Abbey and Gascoigne Wards and act as a community leader according to the Quran and the teachings of the Last Prophet Mohammad (saw).

Alnoor Cultural & Educational Trust is a focus for the Muslim communities in and around the Borough of Barking and Dagenham as well as surrounding areas. It functions as a place of worship and provides a wide range of Educational activities.

The ideal candidate will be required to raise the profile of both the Centre and the Muslim communities served by this Organization.

He will also be required to observe tolerance towards members other school of thought and religious faith, and assist in the religious and general education of Muslims and other members of public.

The Imam will be expected to be an active member of the Board and act as spiritual guide and representative of the congregation.

There is an expectation on the Imams to establish themselves by leading

Islamic activities and worship and facilitate a variety of events to promote religious awarenessand Islamic values among Adults, Youth and the wider community.

Working together with the Board of Trustees, the right candidate will show maturity,patience and a commitment to the overall objectives of Alnoor Cultural & Educational Trust educational Trust.

There shall be potential for training, growth and development in this post, provided the selected candidate shows reasonable competence, willingness and motivation to advance.


The post is offered subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) clearance and references.

Candidates must have knowledge of Islamic Jurisprudent, Qur’aan and Hadith and have memorise the whole Qur’aan and be able to recite it in accordance with the rules of recitation and be willing to teach in adult classes and young students.

Must be of good conduct, and able to communicate in English, Arabic as well as Swahili which will be preferred but not essential.

Must be flexible and have a positive attitude towards members of different races and schools of thought.


Role Purpose

•           Provide Islamic religious guidance, practices, and leadership to the Muslim community at Masjid Alnoor Barking in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

•           Establish and promote educational and extracurricular programs for adults and youth

•           Lead the establishment of a unified Muslim community, fostering unity and a sense of inclusion among all community members from all backgrounds and cultures.

Responsibilities and Duties:

•           Lead the five daily prayers .

•           Give the Khutbah and lead prayer for Jumu’ah and Eid Prayers.

•           Provide funeral services and guidance.

•           Conduct matrimonial services.

•           Maintain regular and convenient office hours at the Mosque for community members to seek religious counsel and guidance.

•           Offer Islamic family and youth counselling and guidance as needed.

•           Provide Hadith studies, Seerah and Fiqh lessons, and other Islamic topics to increase knowledge and enhance the spiritual growth of community members.

•           Teach recitation of Quran according to the differing qiraat.

•           Participate in the community activities that further good interfaith and public relations for Islam and Muslims.

•           Develop and implement educational and extracurricular programs for both youth and adults.

•           Develop annual plans for religious and educational programs at the mosque.

•           Lead by example to prevent discrimination on any basis including but not limited to school of thought, gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, citizenship, political affiliation, or economic status.

•           Welcome and host a broad range of groups that visit the mosque to learn about Islam and Muslim community when and as needed.

•           Design and manage educational and social programs for New Reverts (Converts).

•           Conduct oneself in a manner that is respectful of the history and diversity of the Muslim community.

•           Interact with all persons and organizations, Muslim and Non-Muslim, in a manner that reflects positively on the Mosque.

•           Provide consultation to the Board on religious matters, community issues, and Mosque activities as requested.

•           Other duties as assigned by lead Trustee or chairman.

Person Specification/Requirements 

•           A Master in Islamic Studies or related field from an accredited educational institution.

•           Hafiz of Quran, with ability to recite in multiple qiraat.

•           Fluency in English and Arabic (spoken and written).

•           Comprehensive knowledge of Islamic Shariah, and must be familiar with various schools of fiqh and have an awareness of the heritage of different Muslim cultures and background.

•           Previous experience as an Imam is required.

•           Previous experience in dawah/advocating Islam to varied audiences

•           Previous experience in interfaith relations

•           Ability to interact with and relate to youth.

•           Ability to work with people of different cultures and backgrounds.

•           Ability to teach.

•           Basic Computing/IT skills i.e use of MS & Outlook email, photocopying & printing etc

•           Demonstrated experience in conflict prevention and resolution.

•           Demonstrated experience in Islamic family and youth counselling.

•           Has a dynamic personality and must have qualities such as patience, compassion, humility, tenacity, good character, communication skills and time consciousness.

•           Experience in speaking with Non-Muslims about Islam.

•           Two written character references from teachers or other Islamic scholars is a requirement.


Many young Imāms may not have had the opportunities to gain some of the abovementioned skills, but we are looking for dynamic personalities who are willing to learn new skills and improve existing ones. We encourage you to get in contact with us if you meet most of the criteria above, as training will be provided to the right candidates.

Alnoor Cultural & educational Trust aims to set the highest standards and thrives through the ‘added value’ brought by employees and volunteers.

The Imam will work flexibly and undertake other duties agreed with Alnoor Cultural & educational Trust committee.

The Imam will support the fundraising initiatives of Alnoor Cultural & educational Trust


Hours and Days of Work:

Employment is on a full-time basis. Monday – Sunday. Due to the nature of the role, working evenings and/or weekends will be required sometimes throughout the year to ensure continued operations of the organisation and coverage of all religious programs such as 5 daily prayers. Normal working hours will be agreed with Alnoor Cultural & educational Trust committee and will vary throughout the year as the prayer time’s change.

The Job description is subject to annual review and alterations may be negotiated to reflect the changing needs of the Alnoor Cultural & educational Trust

All employees are required as a condition of service to comply with Alnoor C&ET policies.

Interested applicants should collect a Form at the Main office, Masjid Alnoor, 170 Gascoigne Road, Barking, IG11 7LH. or ask to be emailed to him. Filled application form should then be sent along with an updated CV including relevant employment and educational background, in addition to contact details of two references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information please call our Line Manager on: 07947597264

1 Month until 11th of November.

We will not accept job applications after 12th of November 2019


Person Specification:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:





Education and Qualifications



Hafidh-ul-Qur’an with Rules of recitation



Hold a Master Degree in Islamic Theology or related field from an accredited institution




Knowledge of Islamic Shari’a, Hadith and Sunnah of the last Prophet  (PBUH)




Fiqh (Good familiarity with contemporary issues that related to present day society)




Formulate Khutbas, i.e. Jumu’a/Eid Khutbas




Teacher of Qur’an: Tajweed, Tafsir, Hadith, Sirah and Fiqh.




Have knowledge of other Madh’hab (other schools of thought) with specialisation in at least one school of thought.




Understanding of other religion, especially Christianity and Judaism









Ability to recite the Qur’an with composure and attractive voice




Knows to teach and recite at least three types of Qur’an Qira’at riwayas




Good communication including writing




Speaks  Arabic




Speaks English





Speaks Swahili








Minimum of two years





Experience on developing

programmes that encourage

participation from the




Experience on debating issues with a range of parties,




Experience of engaging with

young people and non-





Understanding of equal

opportunities and ability to

implement policies




Experience of teaching youth

and adults





Personal Attributes




Reliability, Willingness and ability to

work as part of a team



Humble, Patience and Receptive.



























All Alnoor C&ET employees are expected to comply with Alnoor C&ET’s policies, rules and procedures.


All inquiry should be sent by Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .