Action against the banks

Was send this from the brothers at WISE masjid

Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

There has been a few messages going around recently about the closure of accounts belonging to well-known muslim charities in the UK including Ummah Welfare Trust, HHUGS and Cage. This is all part of a concerted effort by the government in coordination with the charity commission and it’s important that we do something about it.

Just to give a bit of background, William Shawcross was appointed the head of the charities commission back in 2012. This is the same man who is on the board of the Henry Jackson society and who wrote a book called “Justice and the Enemy” in which he attempts to justify torture techniques for terror suspects. Combined with general government policy this has had a large impact on muslim charities. I’ve posted some links to illustrate this below:

Click to access HSBCClosureLetter.pdf

Obviously, closing an account puts a big burden on these charities and restricts the great, and completely legal work, that they’re involved in. There’s an easy way to put pressure on the banks at the very least. Banks need the money in our accounts to continue investing and making profit, thus a threat to move your money away from them should be taken very seriously.

Send the letter at the bottom of this email to your bank if you bank with HSBC, Barclays or Co-op:

1. If you bank with HSBC, change the charity name to Ummah Welfare Trust.
If you bank with Barclays, change the charity name to HHUGS and Cage.
And if you bank with Co-op change the charity name to Cage.

2. Make sure to add your name at the bottom of the letter.

3. Send the letter to:
Co-op: The Co-operative Bank Plc, Ground Floor, Miller Street, Manchester, M60 0AL

If we don’t start to show the government and other institutions that there are consequences to their anti-muslim policies, don’t be too surprised if tomorrow it’s WISE that has these problems.


Dear Sir or Madam,

I’m very disappointed to hear that [Bank] have chosen to close the bank account belonging to [Charity]. As you may be aware, [Charity] is a well-known and popular charity within the UK’s muslim population.

Whilst I am aware that there are elements putting pressure on banks and others to withdraw their cooperation withcharities like [Charity], I expect my bank to have the integrity to not bow to these pressures where account holders have not done something illegal warranting closure of their account.

Unfortunately, [Bank] appears to no longer have this level of integrity and I cannot trust you to provide my banking services. Whilst I have generally been pleased with the service you have provided, I will be moving my banking away from [Bank] in the near future and will be advising others to do the same.

Kind regards,

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