"O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint."
As we approach the blessed month of Ramadan we wish you all the barakah and rewards of this special time. This is a time for reflection, stillness and meditation. This is a time to discipline ourselves and rid ourselves of weaknesses and excesses that have crept in since last Ramadan. We pray that through Ramadan we will all be able to achieve a higher level of spirituality and tranquillity in our lives, Amin.
Sadaqah and Zakat in Ramadan- Building a Better Future in Britain
Another Ramadan and lots of appeals for sadaqah for many worthy causes across the world land on our doorsteps and in our email inboxes.
This Ramadan, when you are thinking about where to send your zakat
and sadaqah, we would request you to consider sending your money to
An-Nisa Society to support the work being undertaken for the benefit of
Muslim families in this country. In Islam, the first priority is to
look after one's own family, neighbours and then the wider community.
Yet, almost all of the funding donated by Muslims in the UK goes
abroad, almost nothing being spent on supporting Muslims in this
country. We send more than a £100 million a year abroad in sadaqah.
While there is every justification in sending charity abroad, we must also support the British Muslim community, which, as statistics are increasingly showing, is on a dramatically spiralling social decline. British Muslims are the most socio-economically deprived community in this country with little support for Muslim families struggling to raise children and supporting vulnerable members of the community such as the disabled, the sick, the mentally ill and the elderly. Some of the statistics on Muslims reveal that:
- Muslims have the highest unemployment rate in the country
- 1 in 3 Muslims have no qualifications
- Muslims report the worst health in the country
- Muslims live in the worst housing conditions
- 1 in 3 Muslim children live in a household without an earner
- Muslim children are over-represented in the care of social services
- Young Muslim males are over represented in prison
It only makes sense that we must first support the welfare of our own families and local communities. This is what the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) advised. If we build a strong British Muslim community it will be in a better position to offer skills and resources to those who are suffering poverty and deprivation in the rest of the world. By strong, we mean economically, educationally, physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and in all other ways. We must invest resources in basic amenities and services for the support of families if we wish to see the development of a dynamic and healthy British Muslim community.
An-Nisa works for the welfare of Muslim families. We do this by setting up faith based projects, supporting Muslim groups working in local communities and creating greater awareness of the needs of Muslims amongst those who deliver vital services and those who make policies that affect Muslims.
An-Nisa Society aims to build a dynamic British Muslim community confident in its identity and full of energy and creativity. A community that will support the well being of its own members and also make a positive contribution to the wider British society.
Over the past 24 years An-Nisa Society has grown from a small volunteer based initiative operating from our living rooms to an organisation running many innovative projects and programmes.
Since our foundation we have struggled for funds to run our activities. We are working very hard to maintain stability so that we can continue to work in the community. Recent events have highlighted even more the need for Muslims to develop strong and dynamic organisations that provide for the community and also work to towards eradicating fears and prejudice about Islam and Muslims at the grassroots. Towards that end An-Nisa Society has laboured hard to present Islam through an unrelenting commitment to community building and working to influence policies that affect Muslim families. For example, we have been promoting awareness of the government's Prevent Strategy. Our report on the Strategy has received widespead support in the community and has had enormous influence.
Without your financial support we cannot continue the work we are doing for the vulnerable and disadvantaged. Help us to deliver more exciting projects and to promote greater awareness of Islam, Muslims and their needs. You can facilitate this work by making a donation through a bank transfer and/or by setting up a regular standing order. Download DonationForm.doc
Name of bank:
Barclays Bank PLC
20 29 41
Cheques should be addressed to An-Nisa Society and sent to our
Suite 18, Space House, Space Business Centre, Abbey Road,
London NW10 7SU.
We are a registered charity (No 1117840).
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