Seekers organises Jihad seminars in Universities

The unceasing spate of terrorism in the last two decades has embedded a deep rooted prejudice and misconception against the term Jihad. Once a noble term for a sacred struggle along a variety of dimensions, the term Jihad has been reduced and diminished to warfare alone, invoking vivid images of wanton destruction and mass killing. This is an unfortunate turn of events, for the term Jihad has noble origins denoting an inward and outward sacred struggle.

In a time when the term Jihad is receiving unrelenting negative limelight in the media, Seekers has sought to bring about clarity on the topic. By holding three seminars at Britain’s top institutes of higher education, namely Queen Mary University of London, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Birmingham, Seekers is reclaiming the true understanding of Jihad. Seekers, being an educational initiative of Minhaj Welfare Foundation, is continuing with the grassroots endeavours of its umbrella organisation in promoting the true teachings of Islam. These seminars, entitled ‘Jihad, or Is It?’, are another in the long series of Minhaj-ul-Quran International’s counter radicalisation efforts since the launch of the historic Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombing by his eminence, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.

It was really exhilarating to see that a wide array of attendees participated in these seminars. Amongst them were reverends, teachers and students, of Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds. Over the course of the three days (from the 24th to the 26th of February), there were more than a 100 attendees across the country, and they were highly appreciative of the seminar contents and the two lecturers, Shaykh Bilal Hussain and Ustadh Waqas Amin. One of the participants said, “I thought the course was very timely and needed, I can say that I have a better understanding of the real meaning of Jihad.”

For further information about Seekers, please visit www.seekersacademy.net

Minhaj Welfare bringing change in its Education program

It was in 1994 when Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the founder of Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) initiated a ‘Mass Education Program’; an educational reform that would challenge how the poor and needy would approach education in Pakistan. 

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Almost twenty years later, and Minhaj Welfare Foundation through the Minhaj Education Society (MES) has built more than 630 primary and secondary schools in rural and marginalised areas of Pakistan. The schools were mainly an opportunity for the millions of school-going children, who came from deprived backgrounds to have ‘access’ to education.

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With more than 145,000 students attending a Minhaj school, MWF is now reshaping its focus mainly on quality education. This is why every year, MWF will select at least 10 schools and aim to further improve the infrastructure by making more classrooms, equip the students with new methods of learning by developing IT and science labs and building modern facilities.

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In Ramadan 2014, MWF asked its donors to support the campaign ‘Everyone has the Right to Quality Education’. By the grace of Allah Almighty, MWF work has begun work on 10 schools across Pakistan, mainly rebuilding and developing modern facilities. The schools include:

- Arifwala
- LHS Sialkot Tahfeez-ul-Quran
- Mamukajan FSD for Boys
- Nishat Colony Lahore
- Saeela Jhelum
- Haweli Lakha
- LHS Gujranwala
- LHS Manawala
- Safdar-Abad
- Lahore, Township

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Some of these projects will be completed hopefully very soon. If you would like to support more of our schools, please donate generously to our General Education fund. To donate, please call our donations team on +443003030777 or via the website by clicking on the donate button.

 

 

Minhaj Opens School in Africa

Minhaj Welfare Foundation has completed a new school project which donors from the UK have funded in Kenya to give an education to both boys and girls from poor families.

The secondary school – in the small town of Kitere of Tana River Delta north east of Mombasa – was completed in January 2015.

Local MWF Kenya staff are interviewing many of the students from low income families who have begun applying for an initial place at the school.

The school will selects children who have completed their primary education and whose family income is less than £35 a month.

The Minhaj Secondary School will cater for more than 100 students who show outstanding promise but whose families cannot support their education.

At the opening ceremony, Dhadho Iddi (MWF Kenya co-ordinator) appreciated the efforts of those who supported the school: “Words cannot describe how much we are grateful, we are able to educate the children and begin to change the face of a nation,” he declared.

The school incorporates 3 classrooms, principle office, science laboratory, sanitation facilities and a room in which it is hoped computers will be put in place for the students.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation had organised a series of fundraising events in London, Birmingham and Glasgow called ‘Raising Smiles’ in 2013. Adnan Sohail, Projects Manager for MWF said: “We started the initial construction in January 2014, and after a year of great difficulty mixed with tense fighting in the nearby area we are just glad the school project is complete.”

“The village needed a secondary school, we will continue helping marginalised communities.” he added.

Kenya has a very high rate of children dropping out after primary education, this is mainly due to secondary education being very expense for families from rural areas.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation hopes to build more schools and provide access to education to deprived communities in Africa. To donate or support our #Education for All initiative in Africa, please call +44 300 30 30 777 or follow the link https://www.minhajwelfare.org/general-donation/

Time to Redefine and Protect Freedom of Speech and Expression

The world is facing yet another challenge following the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris presumed to be in response to the publication of blasphemous and defamatory caricatures of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) in the magazine. As a reaction to the terrorist attacks, Charlie Hebdo decided to republish the caricatures which has sent a wave of anger and protests around the world. Governments and organisations like the United Nation, the International Human Rights Commission and the European Union have failed to address this situation allowing it to spread with no end in sight. This situation has been allowed to spiral out of control and has threatened the concept of peaceful co-existence. If not addressed, it can lead to a potential clash of civilisations, religions and societies.

Freedom of expression is an invaluable part of progressive civilisations. Humanity has achieved its current level of freedom following centuries of sacrifices and struggles. The French nation along with world leaders showed great solidarity and resolve with its freedom march, sending out a strong message to terrorists that they will never be able to force their agenda on humanity. However what also arises from this march is the question of whether freedom of speech should be a right for all, a privilege for some and should it have limits protecting some communities and not others?

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri writes to world leaders on publication of blasphemous caricatures

The purpose of this memorandum is to bring this issue into perspective and to propose realistic and practicable measures to address it. Much of the debate that has ensued from the Charlie Hebdo incident has focused on the ‘right of freedom of expression’ with its defenders advocating the sacredness of the freedom of speech that needs to be upheld no matter what consequences it bears. However, in reality, the issue is not one of curtailing the right to freedom of expression since this is a right that is not absolute, nor can anyone claim so. Rights are reciprocal and their enforcement is interdependent on other fundamental rights. To insist that a right is absolute is erroneous since such a right can infringe other basic human rights. Every country that claims to be part of the ‘civilized and democratic’ world has put its own limits on freedom of expression in the interests of society in order to maintain a certain level of human behaviour, be it based on local norms and customs, culture or religion, but in essence to protect the dignity of their moral, religious, social and societal values.

Therefore, to create an outcry now that the right to freedom of speech is being undermined by Muslims is clearly a fallacy. The free propagation of child pornography, for instance, or the incitement of religious or racial hatred in the media is banned in many countries and quite rightly so. In many European countries it is a crime to deny the Holocaust, being a criminal offence in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland, and is punishable by fines and a jail sentence. When the British newspaper, The Independent (27 January 2003) depicted the Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon eating the head of a Palestinian child while saying, ‘What’s wrong, you’ve never seen a politician kissing babies before?’ This caused an uproar in Israel and other parts of the world raising tempers, especially in the Jewish and Israeli community around the world. Whatever the matter of that caricature, the uproar was a natural reaction of a people for their leader. In 2006, when the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi compared himself to Jesus Christ, the Vatican including Italian politicians immediately expressed shock and anger at these comments. A senior Catholic Church official added, ‘I know he will say he was speaking in jest but such things should not be spoken of in jest.’

Speaking about the Paris terror attacks (January 2015), Pope Francis expressed that there were limits to freedom of expression when it insults someone’s faith. He said:

There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others. They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr Gasparri; if he says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. There is a limit. I refuse any form of personal insult, and when the insult is related to religions, they cannot be approved neither at a human, nor at a moral and social level. They do not help the peace in the world, and do not produce any benefit. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. [The Christian Post, January 15, 2015.]

The German newspaper The Berliner Zeitung (January 2015) has recently apologised for mistakenly publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon in its issue the day after the French publication Charlie Hebdo was attacked. On the same cover were four real Charlie Hebdo covers depicting an offensive cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him). The question that arises is how one depiction can be seen as offensive and not the other. The two cases cannot and should not be distinguished. Prior to this in 2006, Charlie Hebdo sacked the veteran French cartoonist Maurice Sinet in 2008 for making an allegedly anti-Semitic remark. In 2006 Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him), in 2005, reportedly rejected cartoons mocking Christ because they would ‘provoke an outcry’ and proudly declared it would ‘in no circumstances publish Holocaust cartoons.’

The issue here is not one of curtailing freedom of expression but objecting to the ridicule and insult towards the sacred elements of an entire civilisation.

There is also a law of defamation normally under the Law of Tort that can lead to an individual being compensated for offence caused. The absolute right to free expression is curtailed in order to balance the rights of an individual. In the same way, an act that causes offence to a whole community can never be justified under the banner of freedom of speech. Moreover, in many countries it is illegal or at least discouraged to degrade or abuse the constitution or certain national institutions such as the army, courts of law or parliament. Contempt of court also exists all over the world which severely limits freedom of speech, violation of which can lead to imprisonment. If the right to freedom of expression is absolute, why are there no objections to laws such as these?

To give respect to an individual’s honour and dignity is a fundamental human right protected by law as is the prohibition on blasphemy and defamation as well as the right to religious freedom. The UN Charter, constitutions and laws from many countries provide protection to these rights.

The UN Charter recognises this right in Article 1(iii):

To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.

It is also recognised in the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 9:

Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

The constitution of the US, Amendment I of Bill of Rights, states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Some US states have blasphemy laws on their statute books. The US state of Massachusetts General Laws (chapter 272 section 36) states,

Whoever wilfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail…

Other countries who have developed blasphemy laws are:

  1. Austria (Articles 188, 189 of the Criminal Code)
  2. Finland (Section 10 of chapter 17 of the Penal Code)
  3. Germany (Article 166 of the Criminal Code)
  4. The Netherlands (Article 147 of the Criminal Code)
  5. Spain (Article 525 of the Criminal Code)
  6. Ireland: Article 40.6.1.i of the constitution of Ireland provides that the publication of blasphemous matter is an offence. Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred act 1989—this includes hatred against a group on account of their religion.
  7. Canada (Section 296 of the Canadian Criminal Code): Offence against the Christian religion is blasphemy.
  8. New Zealand (Section 123 of the New Zealand Crimes Act, 1961)

Churches, for instance, hold sanctity in the Christian world and are protected under the constitution in some European countries. An example is the constitution of Denmark, section 4 (State Church) which states:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church shall be the Established Church of Denmark, and, as such, it shall be supported by the State.

It is evident from the above mentioned laws that freedom of speech is a fundamental right but this right is not absolute. There are hundreds of books and newspaper articles that have been published attempting to criticize Islam and the basic tenets of its faith yet Muslims never object to scholarly debate since they are well aware that this is part of an ongoing debate on Islam and within the tenets of ‘freedom of expression’. There have been countless newspaper articles completely misrepresenting Islam, often publishing clear lies and exaggerated stories about Islam and its law yet Muslims are tolerant and appreciate that this is part and parcel of living within societies who claim this to be part of their ‘liberal democracies’. However, when this right of ‘freedom of expression’ is abused and the most sacred elements of Islam are deliberately insulted, this will definitely create great unrest among Muslims around the world. By depicting the Holy Prophet of Islam (blessings and peace be upon him) in insulting ways cannot be justified under the banner of free speech. Moreover, these caricatures are not printed within a vacuum but in an environment of an anti-Muslim bias where tensions are already running extremely high within some European communities.

Besides, many countries have passed anti-terrorist legislation, severely restricting the civil liberties of individuals, with the legislation drafted in a manner that is clearly aimed at focusing upon Muslims in the countries concerned. There is a strong feeling that a substantial minority is being continually abused and misrepresented in the mass media through the portrayal of negative images not based upon reality, and then subjected to humiliating checks and procedures when going about their lives on a daily basis, all in the name of freedom of speech and national interest. It is thus highly surprising that the sacred elements of its faith are ridiculed just in the name of freedom of expression and speech knowing that the reactions will be extremely tense. There is no doubt that the publishing of these caricatures by magazines and newspapers involved is an exercise to demonstrate control and power directed against Muslims, either subscribe to our culture and way of living or suffer the consequences and be ridiculed and debased.

Previously, following the publications of the blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (September 2005), some world dignitaries at that time condemned the publication of the caricatures and emphasised the restriction of the right of the freedom of speech too.

Kofi Annan:

I also respect the right of freedom of speech. But of course freedom of speech is never absolute. It entails responsibility and judgment.

Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary:

There is freedom of speech, we all respect that. But there is not any obligation to insult or to be gratuitously inflammatory. I believe that the re-publication of these cartoons has been insulting; it has been insensitive; it has been disrespectful and it has been wrong. There are taboos in every religion. It is not the case that there is open season in respect of all aspects of Christian rites and rituals in the name of free speech. Nor is it the case that there is open season in respect of rights and rituals of the Jewish religion, the Hindu religion, the Sikh religion. It should not be the case in respect of the Islamic religion either. We have to be very careful about showing proper respect in this situation.

The US State Department:

These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims.

Spokesman, Kurtis Cooper, said:

We all fully respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatred in this manner is not acceptable.

Philippe Douste-Blazy, French Foreign Minister:

The principle of freedom should be exercised in a spirit of tolerance, respect of beliefs, respect of religions, which is the very basis of secularism of our country.

Vatican cardinal Achille Silvestrini condemned the cartoons, saying Western culture had to know its limits. It is thus clearly apparent that using freedom of speech to imply that there are no limits to what one can say or do is a myth. An act that offends the religious and moral values of a community such as solidarity, integrity and sanctity, resulting in endangering the world peace, cannot be regarded as a right to express ones freedom of speech. Islam too teaches the principle of tolerance and co-existence, to live and let live. It discourages the defamation of other Gods and religious symbols teaching respect to mankind. [Qur’an, al-An’am, 6:108.] Islamic Law lays great emphasis on the security, dignity and respect of all other religions together with their beliefs without any discrimination.

If internationally recognised principles of tolerance and co-existence are put aside and moral and religious values are dishonoured, then the present situation will worsen and the prevailing tensions will intensify. There needs to be some mechanism to put an end to these occurrences that may prove a potential threat to global peace. Muslims are already feeling alienated and targeted; when magazines and newspapers begin to ridicule the most sacred elements of their faith, reactions will inevitably be high. If publications that denigrate the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) are not taken seriously, and steps are not taken to resolve the situation, it can spawn socio-political and economic crises that may lead to a conflict between civilizations and nations.

These are the reasons behind the anger and disgust against the publication of these condemnable caricatures and at the disregard shown by the governments towards the rightful protests of the Muslim world against the offence. 1.25 billion Muslims all over the world have been deeply insulted and instead of creating moves to resolve the matter, the act is being continuously justified, protracting world-wide unrest.

The latest incident of the denigration of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) publishing cartoons in weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo in France has hurt the already vulnerable Muslim community all over the world and warrants to be redressed as per French law. According to the French Constitution Article 433–5 [Act no. 96–647 of 22 July 1996 Article 19 Official Journal 23 July 1996; Ordinance no. 2000–916 of 19 September 2000 Article 3 Official Journal of 22 September 2000 in force 1 January 2002] and the French Penal Code [Act no. 2002–1138 of 9 September 2002 Article 45 Official Journal 10 September 2002]:

Contempt is punished by a fine of €7,500. It consists of words, gestures or threats, written documents or pictures of any type not released to the public, or the sending of any article addressed to a person discharging a public service mission, acting in the discharge or on the occasion of his office, and liable to undermine his dignity or the respect owed to the office that he holds.

When it is addressed to a person holding public authority, contempt is punished by six months’ imprisonment and a fine of €7,500.

When it is addressed to a person discharging a public service mission and the offence is committed inside a school or an educational establishment, or in the surroundings of such an establishment at a time when the pupils are arriving or leaving the premises, contempt is punished by six months’ imprisonment and by a fine for €7,500.

When committed during a meeting, contempt under the first paragraph is punished by six months’ imprisonment and a fine of €7,500, and the contempt set out in the second paragraph is punished by one year’s imprisonment and a fine of €15,000.

So the French law clearly protects the dignity and honour of any person discharging official duties. Also any act detrimental to the honour and dignity, whether it is in the form of a text or picture, is declared as contempt and not considered within the ambit of freedom of speech and expression. The question then arises why similar legislation cannot be made to protect the honour and dignity of the founders of world religions who are followed by millions and billions of people.

In order to resolve this international issue and the serious tension it has caused, I propose that it is time to formally redefine freedom of speech and expression at the level of the United Nations. It is a known fact that international laws have been changed overtime to meet the new challenges. There was a time when state sovereignty had precedence over human rights, but this has changed and the protection of human rights has now taken precedence over state sovereignty. A lot of action has been taken by many countries to eliminate the violations of basic human rights within other states. As explained above, the latest counter-terrorism strategy has taken preference even over basic human rights and civil liberties. Many counter-terrorism legislations have been made in the UK, the US and Europe, affecting basic human rights and civil liberties. Currently, terrorism is the biggest challenge faced by humanity. Nations are united to fight against terrorism. Publication of the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) is not only injuring the feelings of more than a billion peace loving Muslims but is also giving a justification to terrorist elements to retaliate taking it as an alibi.

In the light of the preceding arguments presented in this letter, I suggest with conviction the following solutions to an issue that has put the world peace at stake:

  1. Clear legislation needs to be passed at the United Nations level, which will balance the right of freedom of speech with the rights of individuals and communities to faiths and religion and the protection of their sacred beliefs from insult and ridicule.
  2. Most importantly, any act of publication or production of any form which is blasphemous in its nature towards the founder of any religion should be declared as an offense and a crime.
  3. All Governments should ensure that such a legislation is enforced through the due process of law and chances of incitement and ridicule are made extinct.

I expect that common sense will prevail and responsible leaders will rise to the occasion and repair the damage done to the inter-civilization relations. I also expect that the concerned world leaders will display leadership and bravely extend cordiality to the Muslims of the world.

With best regards,
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
January 20, 2015.

 

Minhaj Welfare Foundation helps deprived communities in the UK on Christmas

Minhaj Welfare Foundation, an international humanitarian organisation working in the developing world is also helping deprived communities in the UK.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation’s initiated a community ‘Food Bank’ on Wednesday 24th December 2014 (Christmas Eve). The aim was to highlight the ever growing concern of extreme poverty in the UK.

Dawood Mash’hadi, Managing Director of MWF said: “we hope that this could be the stepping stone of many more food banks to come.”

Working with a local charity based in East London called RAMP (Refugee and Migrant Project) who work with deprived communities of all faiths and backgrounds, MWF provide a cooked meal on Christmas Eve outside the Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque in Forest Gate and also distributed food (tinned) items.

Lyn Brown MP of East Ham showed her appreciation and said that “more of these food banks need to be setup across London”.

Mary Barrow of RAMP said: “We are ever grateful to the Minhaj Welfare Foundation for providing this opportunity to our group, it is really a community spirit.”

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Notes to Editors

1.      Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) is a Worldwide Humanitarian Development Organization founded in 1989, with its UK & EU head office in London. We have sub branches in over 90 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe. For further information please visit our websitewww.minhajwelfare.org

2.      RAMP (Refugee and Migration Project); http://www.renewalprogramme.org.uk/

3.      For further information, please contact Adnan Sohail on 0300 30 30 777 or 07984565896

Share the Blessings of Qurbani 2014 – Report

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Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) for more than two decades has been carrying out Qurbani program in the poorest regions of the world. We would like to thank our donors in UK, Europe (France, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Spain, Germany & Austria), North America (USA & Canada) and worldwide for Sharing their Qurbani with MWF.

During this Eid-ul-Adha, MWF distributed more than several thousand shares of Qurbani meat to approximately 200,000 people in need.

MWF completed the sacrificing of the Qurbani’s in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The shares of the Qurbani were distributed to the needy in marginalised communities.

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The MWF team travelled to the regions in which Qurbani was performed on the occasion of Eid. MWF was not only sharing Qurbani meat to their brothers and sisters in need but at the same time providing relief and development to those in need. This included providing support in programs such as education, healthcare, emergency relief, general welfare and sustainable projects. MWF believes very much in Sharing the Blessings of Eid with those in need.

Qurbani 2014 was mainly implemented in crisis affected areas such as Pakistan and war zones such as Somalia. Besides these countries, MWF have also distributed Qurbani meat to Muslims in need.

Sharing Qurbani with the people of the Pakistan Floods 2014

South Asia had witnessed one of the biggest ever floods in the region, millions of lives directly were affected and thousands more died from heavy rains. MWF teams and volunteers set up camps in South Punjab and Sindh, the area’s most heavily affected by the floods, to provide emergency relief.  MWF’s Qurbani campaign was divided in more than 20 flood affected areas, making it one of the largest scale Qurbani programs of 2014.

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Remembering the IDPs of the East Africa drought

Ever since the drought affected more than 10 million people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, we have seen one of the largest IDPs (internally displaced people) in Somalia especially in Mogadishu in which more than 1 million people still live in make-shift camps.

This year, MWF carried out its Qurbani program in central Somalia outside the capital Mogadishu. MWF mainly focused on providing ‘food security’ to families from the Sukus IDP camp. An MWF team from UK travelled to the region to ensure Qurbani was performed correctly and the meat was distributed fairly.

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Qurbani for the people of Syria and Gaza

MWF teams did not forget the people of the Middle East. The teams sacrificed shares of Qurbani animals and distributed it to needy students of Palestine and Syria.

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Qurbani in Kenya

MWF has been implementing relief and development project in the North Eastern region of Kenya since 2011. In addition to our current projects, basic nutrition is still rare in the region. This is why Qurbani is a very key program and provides an opportunity for poor families to share the joy of eating meat after almost a year of waiting. The local MWF team this year expanded its program by sacrificing animals in more than 10 villages and towns.

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Remembering the Muslims of India

MWF performed Qurbani of more than 250 sacrificial animals in India. With the help of its local field officers, the Qurbani program was divided amongst schools, orphanages so that children could also celebrate the blessings of Eid with a decent feast.

Central points were also collated across many parts of South and North India in which marginalised communities were able to come and collect their share of meat.

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The joy of the people of Bangladesh

MWF went to  region in Bangladesh where poor families including the elderly and children anticipated the Qurbani meat.  MWF teams delivered the meats of the sacrificial animal to the poor families that live in the rural areas of   . Sharing the joy of Eid-ul-Adha, the small community of thanked the MWF team and took the Qurbani meat home.

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MWF provides vital aid to poor families in Gaza

With the current situation in the Middle East worsening, millions of lives are constantly at risk in the region.

In June 2014, the world witnessed severe attacks on innocent civilians on the Gaza strip leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced. The region has possibly witnessed the highest number of people living below the line of poverty and in extreme poverty. People are daily living without food, clean water and basic access to health care.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) has been supporting various programs in Palestine and in the Gaza strip since 2008. In addition to its emergency relief, MWF is currently providing higher education to students who have directly been affected by the constant attacks.

As per instructions of its founding leader Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, MWF’s main focus has been to provide Food Security for families in Gaza ensuring they have access to both food and clean water for two or three months.

Local field officers in Shujaiyah set main points for collection of aid in which families were provided sacks of rice and food ration. Our implementing partners personally went to the nearby neighbourhood to provide clean water to homes of the affectees. The team also visited local schools to share gifts with children and orphans on the day of Eid-ul-Adha.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation would like to thank all its donors for their kind support and donations and urge to continue support ongoing relief and development efforts in Gaza. MWF will be further expanding on a larger scale food and clean water project with a long term Education plan.

Donate towards the ongoing Gaza emergency and development appeal.

MWF sends 12000 Packs to IDP Camps

On Tuesday, Minhaj Welfare Foundation dispatched 14 truckloads of 12000 packets of food for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan. Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri and Dr Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri saw off the relief caravan with their prayers.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that PAT was standing by the affectees and the armed forces of Pakistan in accordance with its traditions at this hour of trail and tribulation. He said that the entire nation held the sacrifices of the armed forces in high esteem and were proud of their military. He said that those who were talking of talks during the course of operation wanted to spread mischief and chaos in the country. He asked the nation to identify these people as they were not their well-wisher. He said that the role of military in fighting and eliminating terrorism and extremism from the country would be chronicled in golden letters in the annals of history.

Dr Qadri said that Minhaj Welfare Foundation was dispatching 12000 packets of relief goods in the first phase while the rest of the relief items would be sent in the second phase. He got the packets opened in his presence and showed the items to the media that consisted of flour, sugar, ghee, rice, pulses and other edibles.

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the sacrifices of the IDPs would also be remembered in the struggle to rid the country of scourge of terrorism. He said that they left their homes for the future of the nation, adding that they would not be left helpless. He said that time was near when the country would become the hub of peace.

Minhaj Welfare Foundation Pakistan team, recently visited the Tharparkar, Sindh area

Minhaj Welfare Foundation’s Pakistan director Amjad Ali Shah recently visited the drought affected area of Tharparkar along with its emergency staff, volunteers and local representatives. The objective of the visit was to assess the situation regarding the crisis in Tharparkaar, Sindh and also distribute emergency relief packs to those affected by the disaster.

THAR is currently facing a major humanitarian crisis. According to Tharparkar district authorities, more than 99 children and 67 adults (43 men and 24 women) have reportedly died in Tharparkar since the beginning of 2014 due to a combination of chronic malnutrition and a lack of access to effective health facilities

Minhaj Welfare Foundation, with the support of its local regional officers on the ground, distributed emergency food items such as rice, sugar, cooking oil and flour to thousands of families currently staying in the surrounding affected areas in June 2014.

MWF is also focusing on a large scale ‘Water’ program to provide long terms of clean drinking water to tens of thousands of people in the Tharparkar and surrounding areas.

MWF would like to thank all its donors especially Derby Khidmah Group who contributed towards emergency relief packs for the poor and needy.

To donate towards our clean drinking water in Tharparkar, please call our donations team or donate online.

Secretary of State for International Development meets with Minhaj Welfare Foundation UK

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30 April 2014

Secretary of State for International Development and MP Justine Greening met directors of Minhaj Welfare Foundation in Nelson, Pendle to discuss the substantial British aid effort and what more could be done internationally to help those suffering in third world.

Justine Greening (heads DFid/UKaid) met with the Minhaj Welfare Foundation (MWF) team at the local regional office in Nelson; she talked about the impact foreign aid had internationally.

The Secretary of State said:

“DFid has a clear sense of Britain’s national interest. The development budget must be an investment in the future - for the developing world of course, but also for people in Britain.”

On the role of the UK’s funding procedures for humanitarian development projects in Pakistan, discussions were also held on the accountability methods of the UK Government to ensure that funds are correctly utilised by Pakistani institutions and that corruption is kept to a minimal. Issues of tax evasion in Pakistan were also discussed.  The Secretary of State assured MWF that the British Government is aware of the corruption issues and that they are taking thorough action to ensure that British tax payers funds are protected and well utilised.

Representing MWF was Dawood Mash’hadi (Managing Director, MWF), Sagheer Akhtar (Director MWF), Tahseen Khalid (Operations Director, MWF) and Adnan Sohail (Projects Manager, MWF).

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Dawood Hussain, Managing Director of Minhaj Welfare Foundation, said:

“It is important that the UK government focuses on ensuring good governance, strengthen accountability and ensures the Pakistani government pursues its commitment on tax defaulters. The Pakistani Diaspora has a strong presence here in the UK and has been very generous over the years sending hundreds of millions of pounds in remittance and foreign aid.

“Minhaj Welfare has been working on various relief and development programs in Pakistan since 1989 focusing on education, medical care and humanitarian efforts. “

In addition to the meeting the Secretary of State for International Development (SSID) also met with volunteers, Minhaj-ul-Quran members from the local MQI centre, Minhaj Women League and Muslim Youth League.

She also had an interactive discussion on Pendle Community Radio (Awaz 103.1FM) a local community Radio to express her views and thoughts on foreign aid and the impact it is having locally and internationally.  Joining the Secretary of State was local MP of Pendle, Andrew Stephenson who thanked the Secretary for visiting Nelson and expressed his thoughts on a very ‘productive meeting’.