Statement on recent events
Wednesday 7th October 2020
This statement is in response to queries we have received from well-wishers about some social media messages and emails that make defamatory remarks about the Charity.
Human Aid UK have investigated these malicious communications. The authors of the posts are suspected to be a couple of former employees. These former employees are connected to a company called Muslim Giving Ltd. Internal disputes in that company erupted several months ago. Individuals connected to Muslim Giving Ltd happened to be employees of Human Aid UK. Sadly, those involved in this external business dispute began using Human Aid as a punching bag to settle their scores.
In the course of this ongoing business dispute, these individuals have:
- Sent mass emails to members of the public, containing false allegations concerning Human Aid UK (about their former business associates).
- Disclosed private WhatsApp/telegram messages of their former business associates.
- Used blackmail and threats to try and settle their business dispute using Human Aid UK as their 'leverage'.
- Deliberately targeted donors of Human Aid UK and asked them to 'stop all direct debits' to the charity. Simply to apply pressure on their former business associates.
- Used fake names and anonymous emails to do all of the above, since they know they will lose credibility if the public were to discover their identity.
It is completely wrong to knowingly harm a charity in the interest of advancing your personal and business interests.
As soon as we suspected who the individuals may be, we reached out to them to try and find a solution whilst protecting Human Aid UK:
- We arranged informal mediation through community leaders, but this didn’t succeed.
- Thereafter we offered to meet on several occasions with any disgruntled former employees to hear out their concerns, but this was rejected.
- Finally, we offered to refer the matter to the Islamic Council of Europe (ICE), to see if a resolution could be attained. Again this was rejected.
Yet emails and messages have been continually sent around within the community deliberately designed to malign the charity and dissuade donors from supporting our work. These contain threats to blackmail and show malice and intent to harm the charity irrespective of our response and efforts. Abusing any charity like this is totally unacceptable and shameful behaviour, especially if it is by former staff members.
Any concerns around conflicts of interest are already being managed by the Trustees and with full knowledge of the Charity Commission as we announced earlier this year https://human-aid.org/news/independent-review-2020 and further explained here https://human-aid.org/news/statement-regarding-mg. We will act firmly to protect the charity and its interests, we have no concern for Muslim Giving Ltd and stopped using their services in February 2019.
We would like to thank all our donors and supporters that have sent in messages of support and dua - Jazakumullahkhair to you all and please ignore the trolls.
We ask all our supporters and donors to make dua for the charity to enable us to rectify, improve and grow to fulfil our vision and mission.