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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Keeping Older People Warm this Christmas

Keeping Older People Warm this Christmas

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust will be distributing up to 400 Winter Warmer Packs across the UK this Christmas to vulnerable older people living in fuel poverty. The £16,000 fundraising appeal has been largely supported by the British Muslim community for the benefit of all elderly people, regardless of their faith or cultural background.  

“Last year over 31,000 older people died in the UK because of the cold weather. Despite the recent political furore around energy bills and the subsequent policy changes, it will have little i ...

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BRITISH MUSLIMS REACH OUT TO NEIGHBOURS LIVING IN POVERTY THIS RAMADAN

BRITISH MUSLIMS REACH OUT TO NEIGHBOURS LIVING IN POVERTY THIS RAMADAN

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust will mark the onset of Ramadan by distributing over 500 food parcels on Monday 22 July 2013 to vulnerable families living in poverty across the UK. In keeping with the ethos of the charity, the food parcels will reach those most in need, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims across the world by abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours. In keeping with the charitable spirit of the holy month, British Muslims have traditionally donated generously to feed millions of hungry people in some of the most deprived parts of the world. This year, Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is calling on British Muslims to also remember those suffering from food poverty closer to home. 

“Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the work, over 750,000 children often go to bed hungry. Within the Islamic tradition, our duty to our neighbours holds special status. Whilst Muslim communities should continue to alleviate suffering in all parts of the world, we have a special obligation to support those living in poverty in the UK,” said Mohammed Mamdani, Founder and Director of the Trust.

In the coming week, volunteers in London and Manchester will pack over 500 food parcels and deliver them to local charities supporting victims of domestic violence, single-parent families and asylum seekers. Each food parcel costs £40, and contain staples such as rice, pasta and cereals, tinned fruit and vegetables, tea and coffee and a variety of snacks.

The appeal follows a smaller campaign last Ramadan when the charity delivered 283 parcels in London. Samantha, a single-parent wrote to us saying, “When I was offered the food parcel, I was overjoyed. Coffee and tea are a luxury for me,” she said.

“I decided to cook soup the very next day. I was explaining to my children that when I was growing up, my mother would cook soup every Saturday. The children couldn't wait for me to finish cooking because it smelt so good, and the vegetable stock from the food parcel gave the soup such a good smell. We sat down for dinner and my children enjoyed the meal and asked if I could cook this every Saturday. This brought tears to my eyes,” she continued.

To sponsor a food parcel, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FoodParcels

Notes to the Editor:

1)    Al-Mizan Charitable Trust (Registered Charity No. 1135752) supports disadvantaged individuals and families living in poverty with grants and interest-free loans of up to 500.

2)    For media enquiries, please email \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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UK'S FIRST MUSLIM GRANT-FUNDER ANNOUNCES GRANTS POLICY

UK'S FIRST MUSLIM GRANT-FUNDER ANNOUNCES GRANTS POLICY

LONDON Al-Mizan Charitable Trust, the UK's first Muslim Charitable Trust, approved the launch of a new grant-making fund at its inaugural Board meeting in London today. The General Welfare Fund provides small grants and interest-free loans of up to £500 for individuals and families suffering financial hardship in the UK. The Trust supports applications from residents in the UK, irrespective of their faith, culture or background.

"We are very pleased to announce the publication of our grants policy for the General Welfare Fund. Our ambition is to give individuals and families the opportunity to apply for a small grant or an interest-free loan, which will give them access to education, training and other essential opportunities, which will serve to break the cycle of poverty in the UK. Despite living in a welfare-state, and the apparent affluence of British society, there exists within our midst, particularly in inner-city urban areas, families and communities that live below the poverty line", said Mohammed Sadiq Mamdani, Founder of Al-Mizan Charitable Trust.

Mamdani, who is also the founder of the award-winning charity Muslim Youth Helpline, developed the concept after he was approached for support in raising funds for the rehabilitation of a mental health patient who had recently been sectioned. The patient, who has now fully recovered, is on course to complete a vocational qualification in plumbing. Impressed by the transformation that can result from a small financial grant, an anonymous benefactor offered Mamdani a donation of £10,000 to launch the new charity.

"Poverty is indiscriminate; it has no religion and no culture. As citizens of this country, we are duty-bound to support our neighbours and communities during difficult times. Although the Trust is funded entirely by the British Muslim community, and therefore reflects the ethos and values of the Islamic faith in its grant-making policy, our primary concern is, and will always be, to support those most in need", said Ali Orr, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust will be piloting its grant-making processes for the next 12 months, after which the charity will transfer its application process online. The Trust is currently seeking donations and in-kind contributions from the public, in order to provide up to 120 grants every year.

FEEDING BRITAIN'S POOR THIS RAMADAN

FEEDING BRITAIN'S POOR THIS RAMADAN

LONDON - The Al-Mizan Charitable Trust has launched its Ramadan Appeal today, which aims to raise £20,000 from amongst Britain's Muslim communities in the coming weeks, in order to distribute up to 500 food parcels to disadvantaged families in the UK.

"Food poverty is Britain's darkest secret. Although the UK is a welfare state, more than 4 million people in the UK cannot afford a balanced, healthy diet", said Mohammed Sadiq Mamdani, Founder of Al-Mizan Charitable Trust.

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is the UK's first Muslim grant-funder that supports individuals living in poverty, regardless of their faith or cultural background. Every month, the Trust receives more than 40 applications for financial support, of which only half of eligible applications can be supported with a grant or interest-free loan of up to £500. Although the Trust prioritises applications which provide long-term benefit, rising poverty and unemployment has forced the charity to consider funding more and more applications for basic household and subsistence costs.

"Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting, penitence and charity. In the spirit of the holy month, we are appealing for donors to sponsor a food parcel containing staples such as rice, lentils and pasta, tinned fruit and vegetables and savoury and sweet snacks. Each food parcel costs £40, and will provide enough food for a typical family for a week", said Mamdani.

The food parcels will be distributed in partnership with grassroots charities to those most in need on Monday 6 August 2012. Beneficiaries will include single parents, victims of domestic violence, refugees and asylum seekers, young carers, families on low incomes and the elderly.

To sponsor a food parcel, click here.

Notes to the Editor:

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust (Registered Charity No. 1135752) supports disadvantaged individuals and families living in poverty with grants and interest-free loans of up to £500.

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