£600 - Qurbani (Full Cow)
£175 - Qurbani (Goat)
£75 - Qurbani (Cow Share)
£75 - Family Food Pack / Essential Ration for 1 Month
£250 - Support 2 Widows / 2 sewing machine for Widows
£175 - Orphan Care Project
£350 - Livelihood Support for a Disabled Person
£700 - Livelihood Support for 2 Disabled People

Mawakhat – The Foundation of all Islamic values

Mawakhat, simply meaning, “brotherhood” is one of the most important concepts in Islam. It is interpreted as each person having a responsibility to others – to help and care for his/her neighbour, family member, friend or even a stranger.

The concept of Mawakhat has existed since the beginning of time but came to the fore during the time of the Prophet (PBUH). It explains and encourages Muslims to express empathetic feelings towards each other – which is part of our human nature.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sent as a blessing to all mankind. He re-established Islam – a universal religion embodying the unity of God and the brotherhood of man. Muhammad (PBUH) was the perfect example of these values – he lived a life of service and put others first.

“A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. He does not oppress him, nor does he leave him at the mercy of others.” (Muslim)

Akhuwat was based on the founding principle of Mawakat, together with our guiding pillars: Iman, Ihsan, Ikhlas and Infaq. Mawakhat is the cornerstone of our philosophy of helping people to help themselves. It fulfils our vision and mission – to end the cycle of poverty.

The first and best example of Mawakhat in practice

The relationship between the immigrants of Mecca at the time of the Hijra and their hosts in Medina is the best illustration of Mawakhat in action. After the Hijra, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) instilled brotherhood between the Meccans and the people of Medina. The Medinites shared all they had with the Meccans who had fled from persecution, leaving everything behind. The Muhajirs came with nothing. The Medinites were warm, welcoming hosts, who opened their hearts and homes and shared whatever they had willingly. They came to be called the Ansar (literally “helpers”).

This shows that Islam encourages us to help each other because Muslims, according to the Holy Quran, are like one family.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said: “The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” (Bukhari)

Mawakhat in the Holy Quran

The “Verse of Brotherhood” is Al-Hujurat and refers to the brotherhood of believers.

It says: “the believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy (Holy Quran, 49:10).”

Al-Hujurat also refers to equality between individuals. And points to the lack of difference between ethnic groups, tribes and race.

Practise Mawakhat Everyday

Being kind towards everyone is the first and easiest way to make Mawakhat a practice in our daily lives. Spending time with one another, helping in times of crisis, and offering counsel and comfort are the first steps. Another efficient way to practise Mawakhat is by donating to charitable organisations, like Akhuwat.

Akhuwat gives interest-free loans so people can empower themselves and improve their lives. Over short repayment terms, the capital amount is repaid through regular monthly deposits. These repayments are then loaned out to new borrowers.

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Since starting in 2001, Akhuwat has helped almost 5 million families by providing interest-free loans so they can invest in their businesses, farms, homes, healthcare, their children’s education, or to free themselves from crippling debt. In total, we have provided 140 billion PKR (Pakistani Rupees) in micro-loans. That’s almost £20 million!

These loans empower people who would not normally qualify for conventional banking loans. We base our loans on the principle of providing a hand-up, so people can help themselves; not a handout, which can be quite limiting. In this way, our loan recipients are empowered and can strive towards self-realisation and independence.

At 99%, our repayment rate is the highest in the world. Paid-off loans are re-invested and loaned out again and again. Borrowers become lenders and donors! This means that your initial Sadaqah or Zakat donation becomes recyclable for perhaps, perpetuity, making this a truly sustainable aid model.

Will you join us by donating your to Akhuwat? Together, we’ll make a positive impact on alleviating poverty, through compassion and our interest-free micro-lending.
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