One evening in 1991, a small group of friends discussed about forming a charity to help underprivileged children. As the discussions progressed the group came to the conclusion that a large number of charities focus solely on feeding poor families, and that a long term strategy of self sufficiency should be introduced; the best way forward being to emphasise the importance of education. Soon after Muslim Care was born.
Among the founding members were Mr Munir Diwan (Chairman) and Mr Mahmood Ahmed. It was suggested by Mr. Ahmed to use the empty property at 206-208 Brick Lane which he had very recently refurbished as a base for Muslim Care to use the shop and the basement to generate revenue for the Charity at no cost. This generous offer was accepted and for the next 12 years Muslim Care occupied the shop and basement. The shop was opened as a charity shop, a relatively a new concept at the time selling mainly clothes which were all donated by generous local businesses. Eventually due to change in circumstances the property was bought by Muslim Care.
Later, the trustees felt that it would benefit the charity more if the shop was partitioned and made into two shops and let out. Alhamdulillah, the rental income from the basement and two shops helped fund various projects in 1992 including: building a girls’ high school in Dhaka, providing science education facilities for Madrasa High School in Bardoli, Gujrat, providing a new science laboratory for 700 students, and building a school in Fatehpur, India. The charity did not stop there as Muslim Care carried on to provide education facilities in Jammu, Kashmir and Sri Lanka, to name a few. Muslim Care entirely funded Ujala School in Sohawa, Pakistan, which is Muslim Care’s flagship school. Muslim Care sponsored a lecture hall for Namal College, Pakistan and built a new school in Garissa, Kenya. More recently, Muslim Care has supported a fish farming project in Nguluni, a small town in Kenya, where the income from selling the harvested fish will make the centre more self sufficient, as the new revertees will be trained for skills like plumbing and carpentry. The aforementioned are just a handful of projects from a very long list.
Muslim Care is a small charity which is run entirely voluntarily by businessmen and professionals who devote their time purely to please Allah (swt), and hope through their efforts humanity can benefit. Moreover , it operates on almost no expenses thanks to the Chairman who provides a rent-free office in his building, allowing 100% of every donation to reach the rightful recipient. It is with pride that Muslim Care has, with support from its friends and regular donors, been able to help so many children and poor people in their hour of need. While this charity was founded for the promotion of education, Muslim Care has always been in the forefront when a disaster strikes for humanitarian needs. (example)
The Chairman, trustees and volunteers express their gratitude to all the friends, supporters and donors for the encouragement, which enables Muslim Care to strive further and continue to (insert phrase here).