Charity Commission publishes report on Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation

(Immediate Release - 7 June 2010)

 

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published a report on its assessment of concerns raised in the media and in Parliament relating to the activities of the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, (registered charity no. 1112376). The charity runs two faith-based independent primary schools and attached day-care centres in Slough and Haringey.

The Commission carried out an initial assessment of the concerns that the charity was being run by senior members and activists of the political party, Hizb ut-Tahrir, described by a media article as an ‘Islamic extremist group’, and that key elements of its ideology were being taught at the schools.

The Commission examined further whether any of the charity’s trustees were members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, or had a personal connection to senior members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, whether the charity was teaching key elements of the ideology of Hizb ut-Tahrir and the trustees’ handling of the concerns raised in the media and in Parliament. The details of the Commission’s assessment and its findings are set out in the report published today.

The Commission’s report also highlights a number of issues for the wider sector. These issues are not intended as further comment on the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, but relate to broader issues which may be useful and of interest to other charities. This aspect of the report notes that under charity law the advancement of education does not have to be value-free and completely impartial. For example, education can be provided in a religious context. However, the advancement of education cannot be used to promote a political or predetermined view and all charities must remain independent from party politics.

Ends.

PR 35/10

Full details of the investigation can be found on the Charity Commission’s website. For further information, please contact the press office on 020 7674 2332.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. See www.charitycommission.gov.uk for further information or call our contact centre on 0845 300 0218.
  2. Our mission is: to ensure charities’ legal compliance, enhance charities’ accountability, encourage charities’ effectiveness and impact and to promote the public interest in charity.
  3. The Commission’s assessment cases are dealt with by its Compliance Assessment Unit. More information about the assessment process can be found here.  This case was dealt with within the Assessment Unit and the issues resolved by regulatory advice and guidance.
  4. More information about the Charity Commission’s Compliance work can be found on our website Charities Back on Track, is a report on the themes and wider issues arising from the Commission’s compliance work. This can be found on the Commission’s website here.

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