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Al-Khair Foundation (AKF) began with a school. In the Islamic tradition, which advocates that charity starts at home, we wanted to give back to our UK community first. And education was the best thing we knew to give.
Today, Al-Khair Foundation (AKF) is a UK-based Muslim charity, and although we’ve been engaged in charitable work from the outset, education was initially our key priority. After our UK schools proved to be a success, AKF started building schools overseas. Our focus was educating orphans and children from underprivileged communities. This led to our work with widows and vulnerable women, and then to the establishment of the AKF shelters. Eventually we launched our water aid and livelihood projects, as well as the Al-Khair Foundation medical aid programmes. 2005 became a turning point for us, when AKF rose to the challenge of providing emergency aid during the Kashmir Earthquake of that year. This was our first venture into the area of Overseas Disaster Relief. That October, and in the winter months which followed, AKF distributed food, shelter kits and medicine to survivors of the quake. Since then, AKF has undertaken emergency aid missions all over the world. Our support of the Haiti earthquake survivors was recognised by the United Nations in 2010. While during the Japan earthquake of 2011, we were the only UK Muslim charity working with survivors on the ground.
The Prophet (saw) said, “Do not wish to be like anyone except in two cases. (The first is) A person, whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it righteously; (the second is) the one whom Allah has given wisdom and he acts according to it and teaches it to others. (Sahih Bukharic – Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud)
At Al-Khair Foundation (AKF), we believe in balance without compromise. We believe in accountability and mindful giving. We believe that charity and education go hand in hand. And here’s how this translates in our work:
AKF believes that all human life is equal. Every community has a right to benefit from the world’s natural resources. Every person has the right to lead a self-sufficient, dignified life. Where people have been affected or uprooted by disasters and conflict, we provide relief to help them through the crisis. But AKF also believes in helping people help themselves. That’s why we run sustainable development programmes, which range from livelihood projects to long-term water aid solutions.
AKF doesn’t believe that providing a basic education is enough. This is why Al-Khair Schools regularly engage students and the wider populace in community based outreach work. Our focus is on encouraging people to be conscious of the needs of wider community, and acting locally to make a positive difference.
AKF doesn’t believe in telling tall-tails or make big claims. We know our limits, but we also know that united, there’s nothing we cannot change. AKF works with over 30 partners nationally and globally, including UNHCR, Afghan Aid, Christian Aid, UMR and Islamic Help.AKF is also part of the Coalition of Muslim NGOs.
AKF is a young charity with a fresh vision, and a desire to galvanise the Muslim charity circuit. We don’t just want to take your money. We want to take you on board, as we work to raise awareness of global issues that won’t get solved through donations alone. Watch this space for more on AKF Advocacy work.
Founder of Al-Khair Foundation & CEO of IQRA TV
Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad is the founder Al-Khair Foundation (AKF). A graduate in Islamic sciences, he has been actively involved in AKF’s work both at home and overseas.
For many years, Imam Qasim led AKF’s fundraising efforts by utilising his expansive reach and influence in the UK Muslim community. He has also played a large role in establishing and overseeing many of the charity’s aid and development programmes to date.
Prior to AKF, Imam Qasim served as counsellor, community/faith leader and imam at the Croydon Mosque and Islamic Centre. He also worked as visiting imam at Her Majesty’s Prison, for nine years. Here he counselled, taught and offered general welfare support to reforming prisoners.
Imam Qasim is also the CEO of IQRA TV, which has come to be known as one of the UKs premier Muslim television broadcasters.
Al-Khair Foundation, 109-119 Cherry Orchard Road Croydon CR0 6BE, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 3000 999 786
Al-Khair Foundation (AKF) works locally and globally to alleviate the suffering of dispossessed people. Through generous donations, we’re able to make a difference and save lives. We provide: