Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK) has been in the UK political scene for 16 years, with a strong record of successful campaigns in defending Muslim civil liberties and Islamophobia in the media.
Now, we are fundraising for an “Anti-Islamophobia Nerve Centre” – a dedicated space to systematically tackle Islamophobic discrimination and narratives through campaigns, research and workshops, and educating our communities to do the same.
How would an Anti-Islamophobia Nerve Centre work?
A Nerve Centre is a centralised place where activity and organised action is managed.
Imagine this scenario: the British Prime Minister slanders Shaykh Sulaiman Ghani, a well-known Muslim leader, on national television in front of Parliament.
A group of media-savvy, experienced campaigners – who have been keeping a constant eye on the day’s news activate: they unleash Press Releases, Action Alerts, and take part in social media storms that would push the Prime Minister onto the back foot and force him to apologise.
But why should we only react to the news?
Islamic history is full of examples of Muslims standing up for their rights and tackling injustices – and in this war against Islamophobic propaganda, this Nerve Centre will be the key tool in speaking truth to tyrants.
A man asked the Prophet (SAW), “What is the best jihad?” The Prophet said, “A word of truth in front of a tyrannical ruler.” (Source: Musnad Aḥmad 18449)
“We sent Our messengers with clear signs, the Scripture and the Balance, so that people could uphold JUSTICE” (Surah Al-Hadid: 25)
A war against propaganda is all about “Narratives”: joining the dots until you create a picture of an oppressor or the oppressed.
There is no doubt that the propaganda portraying Muslims as oppressors is winning. It’s the source of their success. Breaking this will break the the backbone of the Islamophobia Industry. But we’re fighting back and starting to win.
Our fight is about taking back control of our narrative, of our story – whether it’s by researching and publishing the achievements of the Muslim community, or exposing colonialism past and present, or training future leaders and Imams – and our Nerve Centre will be key in all of this.
MPACUK And The Defence of Equality And Civil Rights
In our 16 year history we have been at the forefront of defending Muslims’ civil liberties in the UK.
We have led numerous successful campaigns in lobbying politicians.
From getting bigoted journalists sacked – such as Robert Kilroy Silk – from national platforms like the BBC, to taking on the insidious Prevent strategy, we’ve been at the forefront of defending our community’s rights.
In the 2010 election, we successfully got rid of many pro-War MPs, an achievement unmatched by any other Muslim political organisation in Europe.
“MPACUK’s approach is based firstly on the need for Muslim community empowerment”
Dr Anthony McRoy (Author and researcher on Christian-Muslim relations)
We Need Your Help To Make This Happen
- Curation of training syllabus, material and marketing (£3000)
- Administrative processes and implementation (£1000)
Media Engagement and Campaigns
- Press Office and Campaign infrastructure (£1000)
- Digital tools and equipment (£2000)
- Data collection and research projects (£3000)
Our request is as simple as this formula: Money = Manpower = Action.
We want to do more research projects, we want to do more workshops for Imams and leaders, we want to do more anti-Islamophobia campaigns. We want to do as much good as we can, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
And we want YOU to be part of this.
Whether it’s £1, £100 or even £10,000 – every donation helps us hit our target.
Together, we can create a better future for Muslims.
£30,000 will go a long way towards creating the Anti-Islamophobia Nerve Centre that the Muslim community so desperately needs.
Thank you for whatever you can donate, and may Allah s.w.t reward you with better.