We are very proud of our ground-breaking course on Islam, "Islam - Breaking Stereotypes", launched back in 2004.

Now, at a time when conflicting messages about the faith circulate our media on a daily basis, our course is perhaps more pertinent than ever.

The course has been designed for those who either come into contact with Muslims in the UK or abroad.

Who is this training for?

In the UK, companies with high numbers of Muslim staff may wish to understand their needs more, for example, their obligations to pray, fast and to wear a hijab (for women). HR staff are particularly encouraged to be aware of potential issues and sensitivities. To be alert to these and have coping strategies can only be a positive step in terms of creating a sense of trust and improving retention.

You may also wish to train staff who come into contact with Muslims in the public forum. The police force, NHS staff, carers and others may need to learn about certain etiquettes when dealing with Muslims. Knowing about the simple things such as the tenets of the faith, dealing with birth/death, touch, personal space, greetings, etc will allow your staff to build better relations and avoid offence.

For those going abroad to a Muslim populated country either for work or relocation may benefit from understanding the people they are about to deal or live with.

If you are going for business purposes do you know all the factors that could impact your success? Learn about when to go, what to do, what to say and when to say it. Demonstrate an understanding of how they do business and win respect and trust.

Business in Muslim countries is not simply business, it is personal.

For those relocating it is important you know about the life of the people you will live with. Be aware of prayer times, Holy days, public etiquette and entertaining. Avoid culture shock and allow yourself a smoother transition into a new life.<;p>

Understand Islam and Muslims

Our intention with this course is the same now as it was in 2004 when we launched it.

We want to break stereotypes.

Within the training, we will give generic frameworks within which you can come to understand Muslims but we balance this with a stress on the diversity of the Muslims and interpretations of the faith. As with any nation, culture or race Muslims are far from homogenous.

The course covers such areas as:

The Faith

  • Origins and history What do Muslims believe?
  • What do Muslims do?
  • Breaking stereotypes
  • Islam in the 21st century

Taboos, Etiquettes and Manners

  • Meeting/parting
  • You must…..
  • Eating/Entertaining
  • Being a guest/Being a host
  • Body language
  • Women
  • The mosque

All our courses are bespoke. This means once we know more about you and your needs, we will actually tailor not only the content but the trainer, the training style/approach, exercises/case studies and any other supporting materials. This means you receive a course designed especially for you.

To get the ball rolling, simply contact one of the team.