Serving The Local Borough

All it takes is a small step in the right direction with the help of Allah

On 8th December 2016, a small group of Imams & Scholars came together in Imam Shoyaib’s living room to discuss how to provide guidance and leadership to local Muslims and how to work for the best interests of the Waltham Forest community. Since then, the group has been navigating and trialing various ideas and ways of working under the name Waltham Forest Ulama (WFU).

This setup is entirely independent and not linked to any government body, media outlet and particular Muslim organisation. WFU has formed somewhat informally based on common interests and prior established connections.



WFU aims to research the needs of local Muslims, study available facilities that provide possible solutions and work towards filling gaps in essential services.

We hope to represent Waltham Forest Muslims in engagement with civic bodies and to build bridges with other faith and no-faith groups via a multi-faith approach.

The core objectives of the WFU are:

  • To preserve, safeguard and enhance the faith (Iman) of local Muslims, individually and at a societal level.
  • To address current social challenges and offer religious guidance in dealing with these.
  • To serve the wider non-Muslim community in Waltham Forest whereby reviving the true values of humanity in Islam.

WFU acknowledges the good work being carried out by several organisations with similar objectives; and aims to support, train and offer scholarly and expert advice to them, such as:

  • Civic Bodies
  • Local mosques
  • Muslim schools
  • Muslim charities/organisations.
  • Waltham Forest Council of Mosques

WFU operates independently from any of the above organisations with a collaborative approach and does not wish to conflict with the scope and core aims of the above organisations and groups.

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Our working is categorised into the following areas:

  • Family & Welfare
  • Public Sector & Representations
  • Organisations & Development
  • Youth & Outreach

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