The Civil Service Islamic Society (CSIS) was launched in February 2005 and is a non-political, voluntary society, representative of mainstream Islamic opinion in central government. The Society works within the Civil Service framework of honesty, impartiality and integrity. It aims to build on common shared inter-faith values for the benefit of the Civil Service. The mission of the CSIS is to raise awareness of Islam, influence areas of interests and empower its Muslim staff by acting as a representative body of mainstream Islamic affairs.
The patron and ambassador of the Civil Service Islamic Society is Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and
Head of the Home Civil Service.
Aims and Objectives
- The Society will respect the non-political/non-partisan traditions of impartiality of the Civil Service
- The Society aims to foster and cultivate closer links with all faiths and build on common shared interfaith values
- Empowering people in their professional, personal and social fields
- To inform and influence policy to be more inclusive of Muslim needs
- To facilitate, encourage and engage with stakeholders and interested parties; and
- To provide guidance / advice to Senior Civil Service Management on religious issues that impact on the Muslim workforce.
The Civil Service Islamic Society is open to all Muslim Civil Servants as long as they are willing to abide by the Constitution of the CSIS and are in agreement and sympathy with its aims and objectives. Currently, membership is free, and having your support and membership would ensure that the balanced and moderate Muslim voice is heard in government. For further information or queries please e-mail us at
The Civil Service Islamic Society provides holistic, accurate and timely information to the Civil Service on religious issues that affect and impact its Muslim workforce. Progress to date includes issuing Ramadan Guidance to Managers, publication of Prayer Room Guidelines and future commissioning work on issues impacting Muslims in the Civil Service.
What have we done so far?
- Established a number of prayer rooms and wudu facilities in Government department buildings
- Guidance on religious leave, prayer times and facilities
- Understanding faith issues such as dress code
- A quarterly Newsletter (now replaced by a regularly updated blog)
- Web site
- Islamic events – such as Iftar and Eid functions; and
- Influence Government policy that impacts on Muslims.