By: Shubham Ghosh
Last week, on the eve of Ramadan, leading British Muslim charities and philanthropists from across the country were invited to Downing Street to celebrate the monetary help provided by British Muslims worth hundreds of millions of pounds to support some of the most vulnerable communities in the UK and abroad.
The roundtable was chaired by the newly appointed the faith minister, Baroness Scott. The minister was keen to hear about the work the Muslim charities were doing across the country and the challenges they faced.
The Muslim Charities Forum, an umbrella organisation which represents the largest Muslim charities in the UK, highlighted at the roundtable that the British Muslim community in the UK donates over five hundred million each year to charity and of which, 150 million is donated just in the month of Ramadan.
Many of the guests present at the event highlighted that more than 60 per cent of the attendees at the roundtable were women, including Muslims from different ethnic and theological backgrounds. The strength of Muslim women in leadership positions was highlighted by the attendance of the first Muslim women chief executives of a national and international Muslim charity that attended the event.
Baroness Scott thanked British Muslims and the charities for their work in the UK and abroad. She said efforts were underway to look into ways the government can support challenges they are facing from banking costs, providing more support to the faith-based mental health services and how the government can work with various faith-based charities and philanthropists to support their levelling-up plans.