The Islamic Foundation organised its first ever fundraising dinner on Friday 19 February 2010 at the Crystal Plaza in Birmingham. The event, which was attended by over 250 guests from Birmingham and its neighbouring areas, aimed to raise awareness about the current activities and projects of the Islamic Foundation and its various departments and hoped to raise funds to support them.
The programme started with an introduction to the event by Irshad Baqui, Executive Director, and then a brief introduction to the Islamic Foundation and its history by Dr Manazir Ahsan, Director General. The Policy Research Centre team, headed by Dilwar Hussein and supported by Sughra Ahmed, spoke about their achievements so far and then touched upon the projects they were currently working on. The first guest speaker for the evening was Councillor Salma Yaqoob who spoke fondly about her time spent at Markfield and how she had personally benefited from the work of the Islamic Foundation. The next speaker was Batool Al-Toma who spoke about the work of the New Muslim Project and how it had benefited the converts to Islam over the years. This was followed by a brief introduction to the developments within Kube Publications which was presented by Haris Ahmad. The guests were then addressed by Dr Hany Al-Banna, who spoke passionately about the importance of the work of the Islamic Foundation and how it was incumbent upon the Muslim community in the UK to support it. This was followed by Ajmal Masroor who spoke about his personal experience with the Islamic Foundation and its facilities and urged the guests to raise funds to support this effort. During the programme Nasheed entertainment was provided by SHAAM Group, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed. The evening proved to be a grand success and it was hoped that other such events may be organised in other cities in the future.