Black History Month 2020: In Solidarity

During Black History Month, Islamic Relief UK stands in solidarity with the Black community in this, especially painful and yet hopeful time. We have a duty to our Black staff, volunteers and supporters; a duty to be loud and proud allies of our Black sisters and brothers.

We will use our voice to raise yours. We will use our platform to educate, to empower, to share, to break barriers, and to 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 conversations, to uphold justice, to share stories, and to support Black community work.

Our Commitment

Our mission demands that we alleviate poverty and that cannot be done without an anti-racism framework, as poverty is wedded to systemic racism. Our work is most effective when we listen intently to those who are directly affected as they are the best placed to guide our courses of action.

Our values of sincerity, custodianship, excellence, compassion, and social justice will anchor our next steps as we stand in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters.

History Nights with Mustafa Briggs

We’re teaming up with Ilmfeed to bring you a series of inspiring live content celebrating Islamic Black history.

Join us on Wednesday’s at 7:00pm throughout October.

Najashi and Abyssinia: The Land of the First Migrations

Wednesday 7th October – 7:00pm (UK)

West African Muslim Empires

Wednesday 14th October – 7:00pm (UK)

Nana Asma and the female scholars of West Africa

Wednesday 21st October – 7:00pm (UK)

Ella Collins & Co: The women behind Islam in America

Wednesday 28th October – 7:00pm (UK)

About Mustafa Briggs

Mustafa Briggs is a graduate of Arabic & International Relations from the University of Westminster. His dissertation focused on Arabic Literature and Literacy in West Africa.

He started an MA in Translation at SOAS with a specialisation in Arabic and Islamic Texts, before going onto al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt where he is currently doing another degree in Islamic Studies & Arabic. He rose to international acclaim for his ‘Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam’ lecture series which saw him explore & uncover the deep rooted relationship between Islam and Black History.

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.

Online Resources

We are constantly looking to update this page with useful online resources which we hope will help us to educate ourselves and enable us to become better allies of Black communities.

Please do email us on if you feel any resources should be added, or if you would like amends to be made to those mentioned. Give us your reasons why you are suggesting – or rejecting – a particular resource.


  1. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  2. Natives by Akala
  3. Brit(ish) – on race, identity and belonging by Afua Hirsch
  4. The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain by Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe
  5. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  7. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  8. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  9. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  10. Antagonists, Advocates and Allies by Catrice M Jackson
  11. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  12. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  13. How to argue with a racist: history, science, race and reality by Adam Rutherford

Islam & Racial Justice Conference

Registrations are live for the 2-day Islam & Racial Justice Conference as part of the MCB’s Proudly Muslim & Black project during Black History Month 2020.

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