Weʼve raised £20,445 to empower muslim families to spearhead change in our communities through our groundbreaking ecosystem of Islamic projects. #ProjectBarakah
- Funded on Friday, 6th August 2021
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Barakah is long-term benefit bestowed by Allah. Our latest project is to raise £100k to help us continue and sustainably grow our work because not all growth has barakah in it. Barakah comes through sincere effort and principled work.
It all began 8 years ago when Mufti Moinul and Muftiyah Nasima who were youth workers serving the community within their locality. It took them almost a decade of real life experience to realise there was a complete disconnect between the benefits of the sacred sciences and the grassroots reality.
Dejected and disappointed, they embarked on a journey to find a way forward for the community that started with their own personal development. Since then they had achieved a rare feat of completing 2 degrees within the Islamic Sciences ('aalimiyah and iftaah) while raising 4 children, working for a living and caring for elderly parents.
Determined to carry this load and prove that everyone has the right to knowledge; they have in the last 3 years established 4 organisations that serve over 300 people. Mufti Moinul and his wife were always adamant that their dawah and khidmah succeeds through a different way of measuring things: barakah. Specifically, giving people's life meaning in exchange for good will- for us to become more than the sum of our parts.
At the heart of everything is the belief that we can do extraordinary things if we master the ordinary. Their lives are proof of this concept; the idea that everyone has a right to knowledge and that anyone can be extraordinary to make a difference.
We started in a laundry room of a council flat, teaching a handful of children and have now expanded to multiple buildings, numerous staff and an ecosystem of causes.
We are collective of families, muftis, muftiyas, huffadh, counsellors psychotherapists, clinical supervisors, academics, university lecturers and qualified school teachers. We give up almost every evening and weekend to build a spirit of giving for the common good.
At the heart of it all, we are a cause that requires a financial model as opposed to a business that plays to the status quo.
Our Directors are: Mufti Moinul Abu Hamza (Founder), Muftiyah Nasima (Co-Founder), Dr Shuaib Ali (Director), Munim Chowdhury (Compliance Officer)
What the funds are for?
Here’s the unique part of our work. The donations are for running costs alone like rent and utilities and media work, that does not include the volunteers and founders who do not earn a penny for running operations. We the founders have day jobs and we contribute to this with our time and money because we believe in this work. Our managers bring expertise from their professional careers.
This creates a highly efficient use of funds where 25k will get (in crude terms) 200k of work, and 100k will get a million’s worth Insha’Allah!
Here are our current organisations within the ecosystem:
1. Al Madad Outreach- muslim centric mental health (listening line), mediation, counselling, intervention
2. The Quran Institute- to build everlasting relationships by providing a hub for young muslim families to grow together. We believe in scholarship, activism and outreach through the prism of family
3. The Quran Academy- nurturing and discovering the future talent of this ummah through critical thinking and Quran studies
4. Suhba Collective- providing a home away from home for restless souls whilst building bridges within the community through collective worship and social consciousness
5. Mehron Nisa- Lack a centre run for and by young muslim mothers. A centre that combines physical and mental health, self defense and empowerment through islamic education- a refuge and outlet for young mothers.
How else you can help
Help promote our work as a template for families and communities in the West, make dua for us and encourage others to donate. This org has achieved so much in such a small period of time, it deserves far more support for the work put in. We need to prioritise what's actually needed in our communities instead of expanding evermore empty prayer halls.
Here's where you come in:
1. Raise awareness- share this video and our future posts, help us to fundraise, share on whatsapp groups
2. Donate- especially during this holy month where your reward is multiplied!
3. Network- we all know someone who’s wealthy, we need you to reach out to them and help us secure funding
4. Speak to family and friends about us and
benefit from the numerous projects we deliver.
5. And finally make dua that Allah makes it all a success.
Our successes to date
Only by the Grace of Allah (swa), we are constantly benefitting around 350 people a month, through the four organisations that work as an ecosystem. We need funding to open our new faith crisis listening line and a women’s centre.
Barakah is a child from the madrasah inspiring his parents to have a new lease in life and begin
their Qur’an studies
Barakah is married couples choosing to study the Deen together and then giving back to the community
Barakah is when someone with faith crisis embark on a journey to become a student of knowledge
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We started in a laundry room of a council flat, teaching a handful of children. Since then we have: - sponsored students - led mental health initiatives - counselled and saved marriages - provided logistics for foodruns during peak lockdown for hundreds within our community.