Al Muntada Trust responds to the Henry Jackson Society report

Press Statement

July 20th 2017

Al Muntada Trust responds to the Henry Jackson Society report –  Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism Research Paper No:9 (2017) July 2017

 

We strongly and unequivocally condemn all forms of extremism, radicalism, intolerance and violence including Islamophobia in all its forms.

We have recently been the subject of unfair, unfounded, inaccurate and biased reports making hostile islamophobic allegations against us.

We have repeatedly asked for evidence to support these accusations, but none has been forthcoming. Allegations against us have been made without us being given the opportunity to put forward our side. This goes against the fundamental principles of fairness, justice and rule of law.

We are regulated and governed by the Laws of England and Wales and the regulations of the Charity Commission, if any of these allegations were substantiated then we would not be able to operate in the United Kingdom. We operate within the Law and Charity Commission regulations and guidelines.

Organisations such as ours provide an invaluable and indispensable service to the community in London and across the UK, especially for the most vulnerable such as the homeless, the destitute, single mothers, the youth and for others after genuine attacks and tragic fires. These false allegations are a detriment to our charitable work, they prevent us from concentrating all our efforts on helping the poor and needy and divert our resources and time to defending ourselves against these hostile unfair, unsubstantiated attacks.

We request that before publishing, regurgitating and circulating old, unsubstantiated fake news, all organisations, academics and institutions verify the facts and give the accused the opportunity to respond before publishing such material.

We clearly understand that certain organisations publishing and circulating these allegations have their own agenda and are not interested in reporting facts but they are using Islamophobia as the main motivating factor for further military intervention in the international arena.

We condemn the said report and invite all parties concerned to contact us directly to obtain our answers to these false allegations before publishing and circulating this report as fact.

 

Dr Saeed Al Ghadie – Al Muntada Trust

 

 

Press Statement – London Terror Attack June 3rd 2017

Press Statement – London Terror Attack June 3

Our thoughts are with all the victims and their families who were affected by the terror attack in London yesterday.

Al Muntada Trust sta­nds united with Lond­on and communities across the country against all acts of terrorism.

These acts of terror have nothing to do with our religion. In fact, they are extremely against the very principals, foundations and teachings of Islam. We will co­ntinue to work to br­ing communities of all faiths together, and to help those who are in need.

 

PRESS RELEASE – Terrorist Attack on Manchester Arena

Press Release
Re: Coordination Council of Mosques’ Position on Terrorist Attack on Manchester Arena
We are appalled by the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night in which innocent civilians were injured and precious lives lost.
We unequivocally condemn the attack and reiterate our firm position that there is no justification for such criminal acts against civilians and civilian institutions.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families.
We pay tribute to our emergency services and law enforcement authorities for their efforts and hard work in reaching out to those in need of care and protection.
Coordination Council of Mosques
London Central Mosque
Al Muntada Trust
WLICC
Al Manar Mosque
North London Mosque
Muslim Welfare House
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Food Drive

Two UK-based charities – Al Muntada Trust and Hope and Aid Direct, are today launching a campaign with faith centres and other groups across England, to collect much needed food for refugees currently living in refugee camps throughout Europe.

Charles Storer MBE, from Hope and Aid Direct, has visited Greece several times this year already, taking truckloads of aid to refugees who have arrived to seek refuge from war and persecution in their homeland. He said: “This refugee crisis is not going to disappear any time soon; indeed it is continually getting worse. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of people every day are still risking their lives in dangerous and flimsy boats to get to Europe”. Earlier this year Hope and Aid Direct helped refugees arriving in Lesbos, and then in northern Greece. In July the charity partnered with another overseas aid charity to take aid to refugee camps in Greece. “The conditions in the refugee camps, (that we have witnessed), are unacceptable. People are just existing – not living – in tents, often inside dirty and very dusty disused warehouses. Conditions are grim – poor drinking water, extremely poor and limited washing facilities and wholly insufficient and inadequate sanitation.”

The campaign – Food Drive 2016 – will see faith groups across the country come together to donate food. The aid will then be delivered directly to those in need by the teams from Hope and Aid Direct and Al Muntada Trust.

Rebecca Spencer, Food Drive Project Manager from Al Muntada Trust said; “Having visited the refugee camps, I know how important this campaign is. People are sometimes going days without having food. I have had children crying in front of me, asking for food. All communities need to work together to support refugees in the European crisis.”

To find out how you can get involved please visit Hope and Aid’s website – www.hopeandaiddirect.org.uk

Donations can be made to the Food Drive 2016 at www.justgiving.com/FD2016