Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

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Letter to St. Paul's Cathedral

The Trust has written to the Bishop of London, expressing concern with his stance against protesters in the vicinity of St. Paul's Cathedral. In the letter, Director of Al-Mizan states: "...in recent weeks, the Cathedral has shown greater concern for its commercial prosperity, worried about reducing revenues as its outdoor space has been populated by those who campaign for human dignity. Unfortunately, the Cathedral has retreated to its medieval composure, its opulent fade and ornate decorations unable to empathise with those whose fortunes are limited.

The full text of the letter is included below:

Dear Reverend Richard John Carew Chartres,

Re: Occupy London Protests

The government's welfare cuts, which continue to unleash on the British people, will only exacerbate the fact that over 3 million children already grow up in poverty across the UK.

Similar to many Christian grant-making trusts, Al-Mizan Charitable Trust - a small Muslim grant-funder - is desperately trying to provide financial support for individuals and families who have been hit by the current economic crisis. In this context I write to you to express my grave concern at the stance taken by senior clergy of St. Paul's Cathedral in recent weeks in respect to the Occupy London Protests taking place in its immediate vicinity.

Like many British-born Muslims, I recall studying Christianity at secondary school and strongly identifying with its humane principles. My own faith in God was enriched by the knowledge of Jesus' ministry, and his teachings have continued to motivate me to search for the inherent goodness in people and offer support to those who have been neglected. Whilst British Muslims have become accustomed in recent years to find themselves represented by ignorant, intolerant and self-proclaimed representatives, I have been reassured that our Christian brothers maintain a balanced and tolerant stance, promoting God's values and working as Jesus would, in favour of the poor and deprived.

Rather, in recent weeks, the Cathedral has shown greater concern for its commercial prosperity, worried about reducing revenues as its outdoor space has been populated by those who campaign for human dignity and an end to poverty in the UK. Charities and grant-making trusts like Al-Mizan would presume that the Cathedral would welcome such opportunity - doing what it has always done best - by supporting the disadvantaged and the poor, focusing not on its own income-generation, but what Jesus would have done in this situation.

Unfortunately, the Cathedral has retreated to its medieval composure, its opulent fade and ornate decorations unable to empathise with those whose fortunes are limited. The very fact that the Cathedral is considering legal action in evicting protestors is ironic - more than 65% of Al-Mizan Charitable Trust beneficiaries struggle to pay their rent and face the threat of eviction and homelessness. Not only has the Cathedral shown such lack of empathy, but it has come to emulate the very forces in society which perpetuate poverty in word and action.

In taking this position, the Cathedral now stands at the behest of the Corporation of London's coppers or for the entertainment of tourists, rather than a place where God's children are protected.

On behalf of the volunteers and donors of Al-Mizan Charitable Trust, I call upon the Cathedral for better leadership and representation, for thus far, it has betrayed its fundamental purpose and more shockingly betrayed the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

Yours sincerely,


Mohammed S Mamdani
Founder & Director

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