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Building a map of the UK’s Muslim-led charities and their work.

British Muslims are a resilient and resolute community, and never is this more evident than in the charity sector. In the face of increasing Islamophobia and discrimination, our community across the United Kingdom continue to leave a legacy of community, compassion, selfless acts of kindness. Our faith in Islam obliges us to live a life that considers the plights of others, give our time and wealth to those in need and leave our surroundings with a positive imprint. 

The most beloved of people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to others, and the most beloved of deeds to Allāh is happiness that you bring to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt, or expel from him hunger. 

(Al Tabarani)

Reading this, you may recall being involved in a bake sale, climbing Snowdon, setting up a stall, packing hot meals, serving teas, delivering parcels and groceries, being on stand-by for an emergency hotline, coaching a children’s Saturday football session… the opportunities to do charitable work are endless. We have learned to do this humbly and let the work speak for itself, feeling fulfilled in the knowledge that our effort has been recorded by the Most High. 

But what would happen if we were to share our story, celebrate the work we do and how well we do it?

We would be recording an important period in British Muslim history; an age of austerity and rising Islamophobia across Europe. In the media, popular social discourse, in schools, universities and workplaces the pervasive effects of discrimination and inequalities affect every Muslim, from young children to working professionals.  

This is why we must collectively take control of our narrative and celebrate our story of charity and community work in Britain. Leading our narrative at such a critical moment in our history may be an important step in leaving a legacy for future generations of British Muslims to be proud of, and to build upon. 

This month, MCF is launching the #TellTheStory #CelebrateTheWork campaign. For several years now, we have seen first-hand the tireless dedication of Muslims working in charity. It is time to showcase and highlight the story. It is time to come together and recognise the critical work done day in and day out. 

If you are from a charitable organisation or know of one, please share with us and contribute a piece to build this beautiful mosaic of our community’s work.

You can contribute to the first-ever nationwide map of British Muslim-led charities and community organisations by providing details of a charity at our short form here.

If you work in a Muslim-led charity in a senior or managerial role, please use this survey to contribute to the research project: Tell The Story, Celebrate The Work Survey