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The World Cup is here. Join us, for our very own Muslim Aid World Cup Fever!

Team Flamengo FC will be playing weekly World Cup matches to help raise funds to support orphans and vulnerable children around the world. Since December 2015 the squad have been travelling up and down the country to play weekly football matches with teams coming together from all faiths and backgrounds.

Here's where are matches will take place: Wadham Lodge Sports Ground, Kitchener Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4JP

Come and show your support as we play several renowned teams such as Arsenal Fan TV, Outlawz, The Metropolitan Police Service (AMP) and many more. Let’s enjoy this World Cup together - kick a ball and change a life.

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  • 11 Jun 2018 update The Benefits and Rewards of the Night of Power (Laylat-ul-Qadr)

    “Surely, we have revealed to you the Grand Night, and what will make you comprehend what the Grand Night is? The Grand Night is better than a thousand months. The Angels and the Spirit descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair. Peace! It is till the break of the morning.”

     – The Holy Qur’an (97:5)

    The Holy Night of Laylat-ul-Qadr (also known as the Night of Power, Night of Destiny, Night of Decree) is a single night worth a thousand months of reward in Islam. Any good acts and deeds completed on this single night are the equivalent to if you had performed that one act for a thousand months (83 years).

    It is known to be the night that the revelation of the Holy Qur’an was sent down to our Prophet Muhammed PBUH as guidance for all mankind. It is said that during this night our destiny is written for the coming year - and who knows what is written for us and whether we will be blessed with another Ramadan again? Therefore, it is important to make the most of such blessed occasions and reap as much reward as we can for our Hereafter.

    The Night of Power falls within the final ten nights of the Holy month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan, amongst many great acts, consists of the act of fasting, which forms one of the five obligatory Pillars of Islam for Muslims across the world.

    There are plenty of things one can do on this auspicious night to maximise our blessings and reward. We have detailed some of these below:

    Recite the Holy Qur’an

    During the month of Ramadan and over the course of the year, many of us tend to recite the Holy Qur’an without knowing what it is we are actually reading. Take some time out to translate the meaning of the Holy Qur’an on this night; it is, after all, the night the very first verses of the guidance were revealed - ask yourself one simple question: would you read an English book from cover to cover if you did not understand what you were reading?

    Supplications (Dua)

    It is said that you may ask Allah SWT for whatever you wish for on this night (legitimate desires, of course) but in doing so, do not forget to make as much Dua as possible for others and seek repentance as much as possible to your Lord for your sins on this night.

    Donate to Charity

    The act of giving is an act that is greatly rewarded by Allah SWT and is greatly encouraged during the Holy month of Ramadan. If the rewards and blessings of giving in this month are so great, can you imagine what the rewards for giving on this night of Laylatul Qadr will be like?

    Whether you choose to help someone in need by way of donating your time or contributing money; by giving towards sadaqah jaariyah on behalf of a deceased loved one or should you choose to donate your zakat, ensure you give as much as possible on this auspicious night. Even the smallest act of giving someone a glass of water or smiling at another being is a great act of charity in Islam.

    Send your Ramadan donations with Muslim Aid this year and ensure your generosity goes towards those who need it the most.  

    Unite

    Ramadan is intended to bring peace and unity to Islam so ensure you spend as much time as possible praying and worshipping with your loved ones. Visit the Mosque with your family and friends, have your suhoor and iftar with them and pray alongside each other, too.

    Dedicate Time

    In this day and age, we take numerous days off from our work and commitments to attend occasions and events that hold much importance to us. This night is, by far, infinitely more important than any worldly commitment we could have, so ensure you book the day off to worship, seek repentance and thank your Lord for the privilege itself.

    Perform I’tikaaf

    The Holy Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) used to spend the final ten days of this Holy month in I’tikaaf at the Masjid. I’tikaaf is the act of performing continuous prayer and Dhikr (devotional prayers/remembrance of Allah SWT) at the Masjid for a prolonged period of time, without leaving.

    Ibaadah (Worship)

    If you cannot perform I’tikaaf during the last ten nights it is strongly recommended to spend the actual night of Laylat-ul-Qadr in ibaadah, at the Masjid, reciting dua and seeking repentance as much as you can. As mentioned above, reciting the Holy Qur’an and supplications are recommended, along with reciting tasbih prayers and the recommended amaal for Laylat-ul-Qadr during the course of the night.

    A Time for Self-Reflection

    The night of Laylat-ul-Qadr is a night for reflection, so ensure you evaluate yourself as a person and ask yourself these things: As a Muslim, are you humble? Is there more you can do for your amaal or is there more you could do for others whilst you still have the opportunity? Are you a good person? Do you have decent characteristics? Have you got good morals and values? Do you have good akhlaaq? Could you be a better person?

    Identify all the things you feel you could change or better about yourself; be your own worst critic as none of us are perfect and there is always room for improvement.

    This is also a great time to plan your year ahead - your short-term goals and your long-term goals. Make a promise to spend more time in worship and stick to your plan. Allah SWT rewards us not only for our good acts but for our good intentions, too.

    The Benefits and Rewards of the Night of Power (Laylat-ul-Qadr)
    • The Benefits and Rewards of the Night of Power (Laylat-ul-Qadr)
  • 8 Jun 2018 update Community gathers remembering Finsbury Park terror attack

    Political and faith leaders join Street Iftar to celebrate community spirit  one year on from  Finsbury Park  terrorist  attack  

    One year on from the Finsbury Park terrorist attack, Jeremy Corbynother high-profile parliamentarians and representatives from all faiths joined the community for a Street Iftar.    

    The event on Wednesday 6 June was organised by the Muslim Welfare House, Finsbury Park mosque and the charity Muslim Aid to pay tribute to those affected by the incident but also to celebrate the public spirit following the attack.  

    Over two thousand people from all faiths and backgrounds joined this British style summer street party combined with a traditional Iftar. Together, sitting along the street they were served biryani, samosas, kebab, chickpea masala and datesThe event aimed to highlight some of the common British and Muslim values, like looking after ones’ neighbours and coming together in times of crisis. It commemorated the incident but celebrated our intermingled cultures and strong community spirit.  

    The attack which occurred outside the Muslim Welfare House on 19 June 2017, tragically killed one man and injured eight people when a van drove into pedestrians. Imam Mohamed Mahmoud led the community in a peaceful response when he urged the crowd to be calm and restrained following the attack.  

    Imam Mohamed Mahmoud, from the Muslim Welfare Housesaid in a statement: "Our primary concern since that day has been for the victims and their families who continue to deal with the consequences of this terrible attack. What was shown following that night is that these events bring out the best in all of us, as diamonds are only formed under pressure. We received outpourings of support from all over the world from people of all backgrounds who have the capacity to care for others whom they have had no contact with.   
       
    "It was a glimmer of hope after a bleak situation and showed the inherent goodness of the people of our nation and across the globe. Today we want to say thank you for that. We have a common cause; to stand on one footing for humanity, quality, justice and peace." 

    Speakers included Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North and Leader of the Labour Party who said: “It was murder on the streets of our community and our response was to come together. The racists will never win and we will never allow them to win.’’

    Jehangir Malik, CEO of the charity Muslim Aid said: “The response from the community has been phenomenal and shows those that seek divide to us that the opposite has happened.” 

    An ‘overwhelmed’ Ruzina Akhtar, the daughter of Mr Ali, told the crowd her family "would like to remember the positives’ that came after the tragedy, including the community spirit it generated. "Also everyone that was around us. We’re very happy to be part of this community and to be in this country with such a loving, diverse community around us. We would just like to thank everyone for their support and the love that they’ve shown and hope they continue to do so."

    Other speakers included Yassin Hersi who was the last person to speak to victim Makram Ali. The white van ran over Mr Hersi's foot and broke his ankle. Speaker Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE was one of the first people to help after the attack, in his role as president of Shomrim, nearby Stamford Hill's Jewish voluntary security group. He was on the street all night, supporting the community by contacting Scotland Yard and attending meetings the next day with the police, Islington Council, the Prime Minister and other ministers.  

    Also in attendance were Reverend Jennifer Potter of Wesley's Chapel, Methodist Church, Islington, and Reverend Michael Learmouth of St. Andrew's, Church of England, Islington.       

    This event was also supported by the Somali Association of Britain, Somali Welfare Centre, Islington Somali Community, Back 2 Basic Create and the Al Risala Mosque and the Holloway Education and Cultural Centre. 

    Links to news articles below: 

    BBC London News - 10:30pm

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    Community gathers remembering Finsbury Park terror attack
    • Community gathers remembering Finsbury Park terror attack
  • 1 Jun 2018 update Street Iftar to celebrate community spirit post Finsbury Park mosque attack

    Where:             St Thomas’ Rd (outside Finsbury Park mosque), London N4 2QH

    When:               Wednesday 6 June 20.00 

    All are welcome to join a public street Iftar on Wednesday 6 June at 8pm outside the Finsbury Park mosque, London. This event is being organised by the Muslim Welfare House, Finsbury Park mosque and the charity Muslim Aid to celebrate the community spirit following the Finsbury Park terrorist attack. 

    Street Iftar to celebrate community spirit post Finsbury Park mosque attack
    • Street Ifthar to celebrate community spirit post Finsbury Park mosque attack
    • Street Iftar to celebrate community spirit post Finsbury Park mosque attack
  • 30 May 2018 update Grenfell Report

    Voluntary Organisations Mind the Gap after Grenfell Fire

    Muslim Aid and other charities are today highlighting the critical role played by the voluntary sector in response to the Grenfell disaster and are calling for lessons to be learned from what happened after the devastating fire left 72 dead, many homeless and the wider North Kensington community traumatised.

    A new report Mind the Gap: A Review of the Voluntary Sector Response to the Grenfell Tragedy finds that many voluntary organisations, however ill-prepared, stepped up to the challenge of meeting the needs of the affected community where the statutory authorities fell short, especially in the early stages. It identifies challenges and opportunities for the on-going work of the sector in working with those affected and pinpoints issues that this disaster raises for emergency response more broadly. The report was commissioned by Muslim Aid and is being launched this morning (Wednesday 30 May) in partnership with the Al Manaar Cultural Heritage Centre and mosque, the Clement James Centre, Notting Hill Methodist Church and the Rugby Portobello Trust, at a press conference at the Al ManaarCentre.

    Although they too found it hard to coordinate in the early days after the disaster, the report finds that the voluntary organisations demonstrated some extraordinary examples of effective action in the immediate and longer-term response phases. This is despite their lack of experience of UK disaster situations and absence of training for such.

    “The spirit of humanitarian action displayed mainly by the community itself and supported by an array of local organisations and businesses, as well as individual volunteers and representatives from external organisations filled the void where there was a lack of official direction, coordination and information,” says Muslim Aid’s CEO Jehangir Malik who was on the ground coordinating Muslim Aid volunteers, as they joined friends, neighbours and local organisations responding to the plight of those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

    “I would have expected this chaos in a developing country, because almost always there is poor infrastructure. I honestly thought we had better disaster preparedness and response systems here in the UK. We are now asking for lessons to be learned and for greater coordination of the voluntary organisations with local authorities, including as part of national emergency response structures,” continues Mr Malik.

    Volunteers initially helped with sorting and distributing food and clothing donations, organising meals, finding overnight accommodation, making cash grants and providing empathy and psychological support to the bereaved and distressed. Faith organisations played key roles, providing many of the physical spaces where people congregated to collect themselves and find spiritual comfort, but also to meet and even protest. Muslim volunteers too played key roles in support of many of those most directly affected, helping them wrestle with the implications of breaking fast during Ramadan; getting Halal-compliant food to

    people in hotels, sourcing religious items of clothing like headscarves (hijabs) and coordinating the special burial requirements with Muslim Funeral companies.

    “In response to this terrible tragedy, the great British public demonstrated immense generosity, and local volunteers and members of the community stepped forward to support their neighbours, friends and strangers. This was voluntary action at its best,” says David Holdsworth, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Registrar at the Charity Commission, who will be on the press conference panel.

    He continues: “But as this report shows, there are important lessons for the voluntary sector to learn to ensure that charities’ responses to future disasters are as targeted and coordinated as possible. We owe it to the survivors, who have shown immense dignity and determination, to act on these findings, alongside those of other reviews.”

    The report says that even when, after the first wave of activity, national and local authorities took back control, the voluntary sector remained deeply involved in supporting people affected by the fire. This was largely because the extent to which those officially fronting emergency services can tailor their services to cater to the complex challenges facing those affected in North Kensington is questionable.

    Many local organisations have seen their work transformed as a result of the disaster and many have increased or adapted their range of services to cater for the specific needs of people affected. While not all of what the sector has offered has added value, there are a range of organisations that remain key players in tackling deep seated problems facing the community. The major challenges are mental health support; youth services; housing, work and people’s livelihoods, where the voluntary sector needs support to continue to play a full part to complement the work and responsibilities of government, and to act in support and solidarity with the affected communities in this part of London.

    The report concludes: “With many of the consequences of the fire still unresolved, it is vital that future action is informed by what has been learnt from the response so far. This applies both to working with the people of North Kensington to address their needs, and shaping wider thinking and practice in emergency preparedness, response and resilience, in London and the rest of the UK. The Grenfell Tower disaster must be a wake-up call to those in a position to effect change and find twenty-first century solutions to twenty-first century challenges”.

    Some key recommendations in the report for augmenting UK disaster preparedness are:

    Draw on local capacities: In a major, complex disaster, local secular and faith organisations, although they may not have experience in emergency response, can draw on their local rootedness to act quickly and sensitively in line with the needs of communities they understand. This capability needs to be better appreciated and supported including in partnership with local authorities and national actors with expertise in emergency response.

    Context matters: Disaster response systems, behaviours and interventions all need to be tailored to the varying local socio-economic and cultural dynamics in the short and longer term.

    Embrace diversity within emergency response: Diverse communities need to receive support that is sensitive to their varying needs. Such capabilities need to be embraced as core to emergency response in the UK going forward.

    Strengthen coordination: More effective mechanisms need to be developed, both by the voluntary sector itself and governmental authorities, to better harness the collective

    capabilities of the voluntary sector, including those offered by faith organisations, in emergency response.

    Act and speak out: when the effects of a disaster are overlaid with inadequate action and injustice the voluntary sector needs to consciously and continuously strike the right balance between practical action and finding different ways of speaking out in support of the needs and rights of the people who are affected.

    Notes to Editor * Press Conference starts 11.45am Wednesday, 30 May at Al Manaar mosque, 244 Acklam Rd, London W10 5YG

    * Because of their proximity to the Grenfell Tower, the Al Manaar Cultural Heritage Centre, the Clement James Centre, Notting Hill Methodist Church and the Rugby Portobello Trust were all at the forefront of the voluntary response as well as many other organisations interviewed for the report (more listed in Acknowledgements).

    * Muslim Aid is one of the top 20 UK relief and development agencies, alongside Christian Aid, Save the Children and Oxfam. It was set up in the UK in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor communities overcome poverty. Muslim Aid covers 70 countries, working with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid also has some UK programmes.

    For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact: eileen.maybin@muslimaid.org or call 07769 689438

    beverley.cohen@muslimaid.org or call 07921 655272

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  • 23 May 2018 update BBC’s The Apprentice 2017 contestant, Bushra Shaikh says

    “I’m making my Zakat count this Ramadan!” 

    Bushra Shaikh, 34, says life has been incredibly busy since she finished filming BBC’s 2017 Apprentice series. She’s just been to the Asian Awards in London, returned from Birmingham where she had been speaking to a Muslim Women’s Empowerment Group, and says her luxury fashion company ‘the iiLA collection’ is going from strength to strength. 

    BBC's The Apprentice 2017 contestant, Bushra Shaikh says
    • BBC's The Apprentice 2017 contestant, Bushra Shaikh says
    • BBC's The Apprentice 2017 contestant, Bushra Shaikh says
    • BBC's The Apprentice 2017 contestant, Bushra Shaikh says