Ismaili CIVIC is a global initiative under which Ismaili Muslim communities internationally, unite around a common mission to serve humanity, by rendering voluntary service to improve the quality of life of the communities in which they live.This service reflects the community’s ethic of civic engagement and good citizenship, exemplifying Islam’s core values of service, peace, compassion and care for the vulnerable.
Over the August Bank holiday weekend the South London Ismaili CIVIC team collected, organised and distributed over a thousand children’s items including clothes, toys, and books to vulnerable families in Croydon, South London.
Following the launch of Ismaili CIVIC in the UK earlier this year, one of the earliest engagements was with Age UK, a long-term partner for the Ismaili community.
The Ismaili CIVIC team worked with Transport For London (TFL) by helping to distribute face masks for public transport users all around London.
In June 2020, Ismaili CIVIC donated two thousand face masks to London Search and Rescue (LSAR) and Age UK as part of the Covid-19 pandemic response.
Two thousand face masks were donated by Ismaili CIVIC in May 2020. Of these, one thousand were donated to Faiths United to support food banks serving some of London's hardest hit boroughs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To commemorate the auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, the Ismaili CIVIC team made a donation of 130 hot meals to the Ealing Soup Kitchen (ESK).
The National Council is pleased to inform the Jamat of a new national community support initiative, under the Ismaili CIVIC umbrella, to support our local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We warmly invite all interested members of the Jamat to volunteer with various projects to support the needy during this challenging period.
Thank you for your support with the volunteer initiative to support those affected by COVID-19. However, the health and safety of our volunteers is our primary concern. We therefore ask that all volunteers comply with the following guidelines to participate in service which may require you to be physically present.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our health care workers put their health and lives at risk everyday to serve the communities around them. This remarkable service was appreciated by the nation. The Ismaili community recognised this service by offering multiple food deliveries to various hospitals around the UK.
Voluntary service has been one of the guiding ethics of our faith for a thousand years. As well as serving the Jamat, this service extends to the communities in which we live through Ismaili CIVIC. This ethic of good citizenship and civil society has been exemplified by a team from South London Jamatkhana (SLJK).
Over the years, Mawlana Hazar Imam has often spoken of the importance of civil society and of contributing towards the wellbeing of our communities. The iCERV programme in the UK has demonstrated that this ethic is very much alive within our Jamat.