Black History Month 2021: Proud To Be
During this Black History Month, and always, Islamic Relief UK continues to stand in solidarity with the Black community. We have a duty to our Black colleagues, volunteers, and supporters; a duty to be loud and proud allies of our Black sisters and brothers across the world.
However, our work cannot and will not end at allyship. To have a true and lasting impact, we must ensure that we continue to be an anti-racist organisation. This means striving to support and amplify the Black community, Black Activists and Organisations through the work that we do, but also fulfilling our duty to eradicate the internal structures that perpetuate institutionalised and systemic racism.
The Black Lives Matter movement and the ineffable efforts of many before, has created a phenomenal platform for awareness and change, at the priceless expense of many precious lives. For this, we are forever in debt.
As an aid organisation that has been on a mission to serve communities worldwide since 1984, we acknowledge the active role we must play in ensuring the support we provide to others stems from anti-racist structures. We recognise the urgency in striving to decolonise our development, humanitarian and domestic work and our internal culture.
We will use our voice to raise yours. We will use our platform to educate, empower, share, break barriers, and help build a better world.
“There is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab, or of a non-Arab over an Arab, and no superiority of a white person over a black person or of a black person over a white person, except on the basis of personal piety and righteousness.”
Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)
To our non-Black community, please join us.
Let us help one another to educate ourselves, to unlearn our internalised racism, to start and continue conversations, to uphold justice, to share stories, and to support Black community work.
Here’s some of the work we’re currently doing to amplify voices in the Black community and uphold our commitment:
History Nights with Mustafa Briggs
Celebrating Islamic History and Culture
In these series of blogs, we focus on and celebrate, the rich Islamic history and culture of some of the countries Islamic Relief works in.