Maslaha - One of Britain's 50 New Radicals
For the team at Maslaha this is an especially important achievement: the association of an organisation that works with Muslims with the term 'radical' is normally something that is surrounded by an air of fear and suspicion rather than celebration.
We are not a 'Muslim organisation' and we do not work only with Muslims - we work with disadvantaged communities across the UK and increasingly internationally. But we believe that reminding people that Islam can also be synonymous with social justice and charity is an important step towards challenging divisive negative stereotypes.
'Maslaha' itself translates from Arabic as 'for the common good' and this principle lies at the very heart of our work. Our projects provide practical and positive support for unheard voices and marginalised communities. We use creativity and an innovative approach to bring together a wide and varied group of people to create a movement around addressing a need or celebrating inspiring stories and ideas.
2012 promises to be an exciting year, as we take Maslaha to Paris, I Can Be She continues to grow, and with the completion of our first education resource and the beginning of new work in health. We can't wait!