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UK Muslim charities shift focus to local aid

Al-Jazeera

Growing poverty is strengthening a trend among UK Muslims to fund charitable work closer to home.

Gavin O'Toole

London, UK - Austerity policies that have worsened poverty in the UK are fuelling a fundamental shift in the activity of Muslim philanthropic organisations for whom charity, increasingly, begins at home. The traditional focus on giving to international causes is now being matched by growing attention to helping the needy within Britain itself.

One outcome of this pioneering change - which also reflects how a younger generation of charity leaders interpret Islamic obligations - is that the recipients are increasingly likely to be non-Muslims.

 

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