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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Charity Begins At Home

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust (charity no. 1135752) supports people living in poverty across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

Although we live in the sixth richest country in the world, one in five people live below the official poverty line and struggle with the rising costs of living. And whilst we are fortunate to have a welfare system, it does not provide access to skills and opportunities to help people better their circumstances or equip people with sufficient savings to deal with a life crisis or change in circumstances.

We provide small grants, up to £500, to help people with the costs of education and training, employment and enterprise, household items, medical and mobility, and subsistence. Beneficiaries include children and young people, single parents, elderly people, victims of domestic violence or abuse, asylum seekers and refugees, prisoners and ex-offenders, disabled people, and the working poor. 

Through this, we are able to help single mothers, who have fled domestic violence with their young children and have used up their savings to try and build a new life. They may have been given an unfurnished council flat, so we provide them with beds, so that the children don’t have to sleep on the cold, hard floor.

We are able to help young men, who may have fallen in with a bad crowd and got sent to prison. Whilst inside, they may have studied plumbing and got a qualification, but upon release, they have no money to buy tools. We provide funding towards that, so that they do not have to re-offend and can create a better future for themselves.

We are also able to help asylum seekers, who have fled their homes as a result of persecution or torture. It can take a long time for the authorities to make a decision on whether they can stay in the UK and they are not allowed to work during this time. Many of them want to study and contribute to the society that has welcomed them as soon as they are allowed to work, so we buy bus passes and books for them to make sure they can go to college.

Beds, plumbing tools, bus passes, and books – it’s not much for most of us, but it can have a massive impact on someone else’s life.

Unfortunately, we are approaching a situation where we are receiving more applications than we can fund, and we are having to make extremely difficult decisions on who we can support.

There is no definitive way to choose who is more worthy out of the people who approach us. Whilst the ex-offender who is looking for funding for an educational course might have a more long-term impact on society, it does not make it easier to then reject the family that has been placed under benefit sanctions, has exceeded the maximum number of vouchers for their local food bank, and has asked us for food vouchers because they are worried about their children going hungry over the summer holidays.

This Ramadan, we are launching the Charity Begins At Home fundraising appeal, so that you can help us help more people living in poverty across the UK with our grants. Our average grant size is £220, so we are aiming to raise enough to support 100 more families this Ramadan.

To make a donation, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/charitybeginsathome

We do not take any admin fees from donations, so you can be assured that 100% of your donation will go towards our beneficiaries. 

We are also giving you the opportunity to donate towards some of our specific social outcomes at the following donation pages: Education and TrainingEmployment and EnterpriseHousehold ItemsMedical and Mobility, and Subsistence.

We recognise that our work and poverty in the UK can sometimes be quite difficult to understand, so we are launching the #AskAlMizan social media campaign, where we invite you to ask any questions about our work or poverty in the UK. Please tag us (@AlMizanTrust) on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and we will do our best to answer your questions.

If you are looking for a challenge this Ramadan, we have also compiled a list of short running events around London, which you can take part in and raise funds for our work with people living in poverty across the UK here.

For more information about our work, please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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