The Scholar

Imam Muhammad Irfan Chishti, MBE

Co Founder Me&You Education, Director Facets Consulting Ltd.
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An Imam on a mission

I’m an Imam but above all else my passion lies purely with “redressing the balance” painted by extremist groups in the country I love. That is why I’ve dedicated my life to making an active change around the Muslim community.

My past as Head of Dept. for Religious Education at secondary schools in the Manchester area, and my role as an Assistant Principal, has allowed me to assist my community by shedding light on the much needed positive representation of Islam; I did this through my Islamic work, talks and workshops.

As my role as an educator in an ever changing society, I am constantly keen on developing dialogue that transfers into action. I am regularly trying to equip myself with the knowledge of my faith and culture and continuously aiming to find effective counter solutions to extremist rhetoric.

Being part of a solution

With this vision in mind I set up Facets Consulting in 2013, to help support institutions and individuals in countering extremist ideology, especially due to the perceived growth in popularity of the “un-Islamic” State.

In 2010, I was part of a Christian-Muslim delegation supporting the plight of minority Christians in Pakistan; furthermore my work in madrassa teaching and my efforts to build more mosques was recognised in the Houses of Parliament.

A man with many hats

I was further commended in the form of an MBE in the 2009 New Years Honours list, for Services to Muslim Communities. That really had to be one of the proudest moments for me and my family.

Besides these achievements, my current and former roles include:

  • Co-Founder, Me and You Education
  • Director, Facets Consulting Ltd.
  • Executive Imam, Manchester Central Mosque
  • Assistant Principal, The Oldham Academy North
  • Chaplain at a local (Category C) Prison
  • Member of SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education)
  • Member of HMG Task Force on Tackling Extremism
  • Director of Religious Programming – Crescent Community Radio.
  • Consultant to a national Citizenship education project for schools
  • Speaker at numerous training/religious/Islamic conferences

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