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‘And be good to the neighbour who is your relative and to the neighbour who is not a relative…’ (Qur'an, 4:36)

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Community Development: Towards a Vibrant Society

Over the past twenty years, the generosity of donors in the UK has helped transform the lives of thousands of people in communities across the world.

Closer to home, however, there are many problems faced by BME and Muslim communities which demand our attention. Muslim Hands has been working to tackle these issues since 2008.

Our vision is to enable deprived and under-achieving communities to move forward and to provide them with opportunities to live a life free from poverty, exploitation and exclusion.

We engage with and practically support community organisations. We assist them through funding, capacity building and forming relationships with partners to help expand their work and further benefit more members of the community.

As well as working within the four key areas of prisoner rehabilitation and resettlement, poverty alleviation, youth empowerment and supporting marginalised women, we have also supported emergency relief work, drug abuser rehabilitation and social inclusion projects for vulnerable groups like the elderly.

Key Facts

Facts and Figures Around the UK

46% of Muslims live in the most deprived areas of England

14% of prison inmates identify as being Muslim

Since 2012, we have supported over 16,000 people across the UK

What We Do

Young Muslim Writers Awards

Since 2008 we have been encouraging children to write creatively and improve their communications skills through our flagship UK youth development programme, the Young Muslim Writer’s Awards. We deliver writing workshops all over the country and invite children aged 5-16 to submit short stories and poetry for our annual writing competition.

We work towards raising the standards of child literacy and creative writing so we can empower young people to be confident communicators and help build a vibrant society.

Over the years the competition has been assessed by over 80 judges who are leading authors and personalities in the media and arts including award-winning authors Louis de Bernières, Elizabeth Laird and Tim Bowler. An awards ceremony celebrates the remarkable achievements of the shortlisted writers and has attracted high-profile messages of support from medal-winning long distance runner Mo Farah, England cricketer Moeen Ali, boxing star Amir Khan, Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow and the Director of The Royal Society of Literature Tim Robertson, amongst many others. 

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Prisoner Rehabilitation and Resettlement

Muslim Hands has built partnerships with a number of male and female prison and probation services, youth groups and community organisations across the country to address the concerns of Muslim prisoners and aid in their rehabilitation upon release. 

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Empowering Young People

Muslim Hands is working with schools, community groups and local stakeholders, providing extra-curricular support through a variety of projects to boost the confidence and performance of Muslim students.

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Tackling Poverty

An estimated 13 million Britons are affected by poverty, a reality which 1 in 6 children face. Muslim Hands are working on the ground to help alleviate the effects of poverty and devise long term strategies to counter it.

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Supporting Marginalised Women

In partnership with trainers and community organisations, Muslim Hands is delivering women leadership programmes empowering women to be more economically active, as well as supporting initiatives to tackle domestic abuse and forced marriages.

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Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands was established in the UK in 1993. Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. Muslim Hands Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Charity Registration No. 81126 4985 RR0001).