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In a statement the CEO of Muslim Aid Syed Sharfuddin said:
“Muslim Aid firmly rebuts the baseless allegations made against the premier British Muslim Charity in The Daily Telegraph (Tuesday, 2nd March 2010). As one of the UK’s largest faith-based international relief and development charities, Muslim Aid only provides support to bonafide and lawful organisations. The Charity has an impressive record of delivering aid over 25 years to regions of the world where humanitarian assistance is desperately needed.
Muslim Aid deals with organisations irrespective of race, religion, gender, nationality and political affiliation and has an outstanding reputation within the international development sector for delivering aid and helping to alleviate poverty.
We strongly condemn the use of pejorative Islamaphobic terms like ‘Islamist’ and ‘fundamentalist’ to de-legitimise mainstream Muslim UK organisations that are promoting community cohesion and inter-faith dialogue.”
The Chairman of Muslim Aid, Sir Iqbal Sacranie said: “Muslim Aid takes unwarranted attacks on its hard won reputation extremely seriously. The matter has now been passed to our solicitors”.
Notes to Editors
Muslim Aid is a UK based relief and development agency established in 1985 and working in over 70 countries with field offices in Bangladesh, Bosnia, Cambodia, Gambia, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan. We work with all in need, regardless of their race, religion, gender, nationality or political opinion and specialise in providing: emergency relief including food, shelter and medical support; capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes; education and skills training; micro-financing and income generation in addition to providing specialist programmes such as orphan care. As well as supplying practical help, Muslim Aid assists communities in examining the causes of poverty and underdevelopment, and in advocating for a more just society and a sustainable future.