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Title of the A/C: AL-MARYAM
A/C no: 31188427
Sort Code: 50-30-10
Kensington, Royal Garden Branch
Kensington High Street
LONDON W8 5ZG
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HMRC Charity Ref: ZD00282
Registered Charity no: 1181384
Dear Sir / Madam
In early 2018; AL-MARYAM selected one run-down premises, a CHURCH closed since December 2009 [at least], in a less privileged area of STOKE ON TRENT and started working on it for community use. It required extensive repairs as it was only a structure of bricks & mortar; now it stands established - the address being: Winchester Halls, Winchester Ave, STOKE ON TRENT ST2 0LL.
More details of our project be seen at
Since about a year, AL-MARYAM is open for the public and community services are being offered to the neighbourhood. Functions and public gatherings are there now. Since April 2019, another local charity titled as Bentilee Volunteers is running its Charity Shop here; it has been a nice experience for both.
AL-MARYAM’s mission is to bring the mankind back to love, peace, divine worship, tolerance, reconciliation and more – which are the basic teachings of all religions. We have developed this campus into EVERYONE’S PRAYER PLACE seeking SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE through SUFISM.
It is now the pioneer project to offer interfaith services in PRACTICE to:
Bring harmony amongst followers of diverse religions;
Create and exhibit tolerance amongst diverse communal groups;
Help community and the government to reduce HATE crimes;
Set a practical example for diverse critics who play ‘POLITICS’ in the name of religions and religious sectarianism.
Here at AL-MARYAM’s premises, Muslims gather every Friday, Christians assemble every Sunday and on Saturdays all our neighbours mostly old, handicapped and less privileged come for community talks / chats. In all gatherings we serve our attending groups with FREE tea & coffee and refreshments.
If you agree with us and approve our programs then kindly donate us generously. Bank details are given below where you can send cheques, bank transfers or better to put a standing order in place as monthly contribution. Join us and be a member of AL-MARYAM; it requires only 2GBP a month to start with.
BANK details are:
Title of the A/C: AL-MARYAM;
A/C no: 31188427;
Sort Code: 50-30-10;
Bank: NATWEST Royal Garden Branch,
Kensington High Street LONDON W8 5ZG.
AL-MARYAM is a registered CHARITY with The Charity Commission of England & Wales [No:1181384] and stands approved by the HMRC to receive GIFT-AID.
With profound regards
Trustee / Caretaker
AL-MARYAM is clear to understand and propagate that a Muslim's sadaqa [charity] can be spent on needy neighbours - LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY - irrespective of their religion, faith or sect
SADAQAAT – CHARITY in Muslim context:
Be clear that there is nothing in the holy Quran or sunna to indicate that zakat should be spent on Muslims only.
QUESTION: Does a Muslim’s charity should be ONLY for Muslims?
“Allaah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion nor drove you out of your homes. Verily, Allaah loves those who deal with equity.” [Qur’an 60:8]
Asmaa’ bint Abi Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:
“My mother came to me when she was still a mushrikah (non-believer) – at the time when there was a peace treaty between Quraysh and the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) – accompanied by her father. I consulted the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), saying, ‘O Messenger of Allah, my mother has come to me and she is asking for help. Should I uphold the ties of kinship with her?’ He said, ‘Yes, uphold the ties of kinship with her.” (al-Bukhari no. 2946)
Imaam al-Shaafa'i said that there is nothing wrong with giving charity to a mushrik as a naafilah (supererogatory) action…... Allah praised people who, as He says:
"… they give food, inspite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to the Miskeen (the poor), the orphan, and the captive.” [Qur’an 76:8]
If the person who is asking for the money is Muslim and is definitely in need, then give him what you can in charity – [but] the same applies even if he is not Muslim…… www.Islamqa.info is referred.
Sadaqah [voluntary charity] is a virtuous deed in Islam. In fact, it is considered as a proof of one’s faith.
The more we give sadaqah the more we increase our faith and thus, expect Allah’s rewards both in this world and in the life hereafter. Giving charity out of our wealth does not decrease our wealth but instead the God increases it:
“Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: for He loves not creatures ungrateful and sinner.” [Qur’an 2: 276]
“That which you give in usury for increase through the property of (other) people, will have no increase with Allah: but that which you give for charity, seeking the Countenance of Allah, (will increase); it is those who will get a recompense multiplied.” [Qur’an 30:39]
Abu Hurairah (r.a.) reported Allah’s Messenger pbuh as saying:
“Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” [Muslim Vol. 4 Hadith 6264]
Sadaqah is not restricted to giving part of our wealth or material possessions or any special deed of righteousness. Islam considers all good deeds as sadaqah that increase our faith. The Messenger of Allah pbuh said:
“To smile in the company of your brother is charity. To command to do good deeds and to prevent others from doing evil is charity. To guide a person in a place where he can not get astray is charity. To remove troublesome things like thorns and bones from the road is charity. To pour water from your jug into the jug of your brother is charity. To guide a person with defective vision is charity for you.” [Bukhari]
For our own success, we should spend time, money and efforts in giving sadaqah for the pleasure of Allah.
“Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public have their reward with their Rabb (only God and Sustainer). On them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.” [Qur’an, 2:274]
To be able to enjoy Allah’s tremendous rewards for every sadaqah that we give, we need to observe that Sadaqah must be done sincerely for the pleasure of Allah and not out of show off to gain praise or recognition from others:
“O you who believe! Do not render vain your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like him who spends his wealth to be seen of men and he does not believe in Allah nor in the last Day.” [Qur’an, 2: 264]
Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas narrated that Allah’s Messenger pbuh said:
“…whatever you spend (for Allah’s sake) you will be rewarded for it, even for a morsel of food which you may put in the mouth of your wife.” [Bukhari, Vol. 8, Hadith 725; Vol.1, Hadith 53]
Try to begin charity with your dependants. Hakim ibn Hizam narrated that the Prophet pbuh said:
“The upper hand is better than the lower hand, (i.e., he who gives charity is better than him who takes it). One should start giving first to his dependants.” [Bukhari, Vol.2, Hadith 508]
Not to delay giving of sadaqah nor show lethargy or negligence in giving sadaqah:
“O my Rabb! Why do you not give me respite for a little while? I should then have given (largely) in charity, and I should have been one of the doers of good.” [Qur’an, 63:10]
Seek only the desire to see Allah, which is the supreme success in Paradise. Do not expect favour or reward from any person for the sadaqah you give:
“Those who spend their wealth for increase in self-purification, and have in their minds no favour from anyone for which a reward is expected in return, but only the desire to seek for the Countenance of their Creator Most High; and soon will they attain (complete) satisfaction.” [Qur’an, 92:18-21]
Let us be inspired to give sadaqah with the following authentic hadeeth; Abu Dharr (r.a.) narrated that… Allah’s Messenger pbuh said;
“Those who have much wealth (in this world) will be the least rewarded (in the Hereafter) except those who do like this and like this (i.e., spend their money in charity).” [Bukhari, Vol. 8, Hadith 285]
May Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful give us opportunities to do many ways of giving sadaqah for His pleasure and reward us best life, especially in the Hereafter.