Muslim philanthropy the British way

Asif Aziz

The sum of the union of Muslim and British charitable traditions can be greater than their constituent parts

History is testament to the truth that religion has always been a key motive in charitable giving. All the major world religions place an emphasis on charity as an act of worship. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, therefore, that recent studies have found that religious people are more generous in their giving.

There has, however, been a recent shift in the destination of their giving. Until recently, Muslim giving has focused on donating to causes abroad. However, a recent survey of British Muslim attitudes, commissioned by the Aziz Foundation and others, and conducted by Ipsos Mori, found that younger Muslims are passionate about combating domestic inequality and poverty and have interpreted their religious obligations, zakat and sadaqa, accordingly. Philanthropists, Muslim or otherwise, would be remiss to ignore the charitable priorities of their communities who are increasingly interested in spending charity at home.

By supporting individuals, projects and organizations, we hope to be an incubator, accelerator and multiplier in developing capacity for self-help in disadvantaged communities.

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