The Alulbayt Foundation
have been established as a registered charity (Charity No: 1085713),since 21 March 2001. Moreover, the premises of the Foundation serve the religious and social needs of the community by functioning as a registered place of meeting for religious worship and liturgical functions (as per the Registered Act 1855; the registration took place on 25 March 2010/ No. 82475).
The range of our activities reaches all age groups. They include congregational prayers every Friday, classes to prepare pilgrims visiting holy sites which usually takes place four times a year, weekly Iftar during the holy month of Ramadan, provide support to families suffering bereavement. Every year, the Foundation also organises and hosts four large gatherings that take place during the Islamic holy months of Ramadan and Muharram.
Usually, the gatherings attract around 40 persons. It is of course quite difficult to specify when exactly these events will take place, given that the Islamic and Gregorian calendars are lunar and solar, respectively; though, we anticipate that this year’s Month of Ramadan will fall sometime around 28 May 2017 – 25th June 2017; and Muharram will take place around 22 September 2017 – 3 October 2017.
The Foundation does hold other religious and social gatherings which can average around twice a month, and while these vary in nature they tend to attract similar crowd sizes of around 25 guests. We have registered as a UK sponsorship licence with the Home Office and have permission to sponsor and recruit staff & Imams from abroad. It is worth pointing out that a large portion of our congregation consists of youth members. As such, we host a number of supplementary training courses on religious tolerance, as well as training programmes once a month on citizenship and civic values, designed primarily to educate the young on British values and good citizenry.
We also offer revision classes five or six a times a year for GCSE Religious Studies to help students prepare for their final exams. Our educational courses on the weekends consist of Saturday sessions for boys ages 12-18. The students are from mixed backgrounds and workshops and courses include teaching them history, ethics and Quran (Holy Scripture). On Wednesdays we hold special functions for senior citizens, which usually attracts half a dozen persons. We also offer support and venue to women specific programmes when requested which are organised by women groups in the community.
At present our organisation employs 5 staff members (3 part-time; 2 full-time). However, on event days and gatherings, we rely on the help of several volunteers. On occasions, we host recreational activities that centre on some sports such as badminton and table tennis. Our normal work hours are 10.00 am to 2.00 pm; and 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm in the evenings. The Foundation has 2 rooms utilised for the accommodation of imams and religious teachers.
Central to our mission is our belief that the culture of human rights and religious freedom must be promoted and respected globally. In our capacity as a non-governmental institution and in light of the fact that we are registered members of United Nations with ECOSOC status, we strive to address pertinent socio-cultural issues, such as interfaith networks, countering-extremists narratives, and youth empowerment. In addition, we have devoted considerable efforts in order to improve sectarian relations among different Muslims communities in the United Kingdom.