Dar Ul Uloom Islamia Rizwia (Bralawai) (the Charity) offers a broad range of services either directly managed or in partnership with other agencies.
The Charity was established to promote the faith of Ahle Sunnah Wa Jama’ah, commonly known as Sunni Islam, following the Sunni Hanafi school of Jurisprudence, in particular the teachings of Ala-Hazrat Ahmed Raza Khan (rahmatullah alaih), which is more commonly known as the ‘Bralawai’ movement.
In particular the charity was established under the guidance and support of Ala Hazrat Khawaja Qibla Syed Zinda Peer Sahib (rahmatullah alaih), known as Zinda Pir Sahib(rahmatullah alaih), of Darbar e Aaliya Ghamkol Sharif. The charity continues to have strong working relationships with, and many of its beneficiaries follow the spiritual order of Ghamkol Sharif.
To achieve this core purpose the Charity offers services that cover a range of religious requirements such as education, advice, guidance, marriages, prayer facilities, functions, lectures amongst other religious needs for the community.
In addition to this core service the Charity also offers a variety of community, social and economic services from time to time, either directly or in partnership with other agencies.
From time to time the Charity may offer services directly to children and/or vulnerable adults. When appropriate the Charity contracts with third parties to do so;
- The Charity does employ staff and has regular volunteers;
- The Charity owns premises and does make them available for third party use.
Values and culture: The Charity is committed to:
- carrying out its purpose in accordance with the Charity’s governing document, charity law requirements and all other laws and guidance which are applicable from time to time
- being open and transparent in order to build a reputation for acting with integrity
- providing a safe and trusted environment which safeguards and protects anyone who comes into contact with it from harm
- supporting a culture which does not condone physical punishment
- being quick to respond to concerns and to carry out appropriate investigations
- supporting and encouraging equality and diversity
- respecting individuals’ dignity, privacy and appropriate confidentiality
- the religious ethos of Sunni Islam and Ghamkol Sharif; and
- ensuring that it does not ignore harm or downplay failures.
Purpose and application
Purpose: The aim of this Code is to formalise the standards by which everyone associated with the Charity are expected to behave. It is important to the Charity to ensure that the conduct of everyone associated with it is in keeping with its beliefs, values and aim. This Code is not an exhaustive list of acceptable principles and behaviours, but aims to ensure that everyone associated with the Charity in whatever capacity (including those in a governance or staff role, beneficiaries and visitors) observe the highest standards of propriety and act in the best interests of the Charity and its beneficiaries at all times.
Application: This Code automatically applies to everyone associated with the Charity. The Charity’s trustees, staff, volunteers, partners, visitors and beneficiaries referred to as Representatives of the Charity. Trustees, staff, volunteers and partners are required to confirm their agreement to this Code by signing the acceptance and self-declaration. The Code will be made publicly available to ensure beneficiaries and visitors are made aware of the standards expected and how to raise any concerns they may have.
Application with other policies and procedures: This Code should be read in conjunction with the Charity’s Safeguarding Policy and Child Protection Policy This Code is supplemental to the Charity Governance Code which applies to trustees of the Charity.
Code of conduct: standards
- Act in the best interest of the Charity and its beneficiaries at all times
- You must commit to carrying out all activities and duties with the best interests of the Charity and its beneficiaries in mind.
- You must safeguard the Charity’s reputation and promote public confidence in the charitable and not for profit sector, including not acting in any way which may bring the Charity itself or the wider sector into disrepute.
- You must perform any duties and conduct your private life in a manner that avoids possible conflicts of interest with the Charity. Should a conflict of interest arise, such as a financial interest in any proposed activity, this should be disclosed without delay.
- Do not use your association with the Charity in order to gain financial or other material benefit for yourself, your family or your friends.
- Act with integrity
- Ensure you act in a way which upholds and reflects the Charity’s values, including acting with honesty and probity.
- Act in accordance with, and ensure awareness of, all relevant legislation, regulations and guidance, including any relevant Charity Commission guidance and any local laws.
- Ensure personal and professional conduct is, and is seen to be, of the highest standard and do not engage in any criminal activity at any time.
- Respect organisational and personal confidentiality, but do not use this as an excuse not to disclose matters which should be disclosed.
- Use organisational resources responsibly and do not accept any form of gift, remuneration, service or favour in exchange for assistance from the Charity or as a result of your association with the Charity, unless expressly authorised to do so.
- Do not use unequal power relationships for your own benefit, do not engage in any exploitative, abusive or corrupt relationships.
- You must not engage in activities on behalf of the Charity while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Do not make public any information of a sensitive or confidential nature that may affect the individuals concerned or the reputation of the Charity.
- Be open and accountable
- Be open, responsive and accountable to the Charity, other stakeholders and the public about your decisions, actions and work, including with regards to the use of the Charity’s resources.
- Disclose anything in your past which could bring the Charity into disrepute or which may conflict with the objects and values of the Charity.
- If you become aware of a conflict of interest or anything which may bring the Charity into disrepute you must disclose this without delay.
- Act within your authority
- Use all information, equipment, money and resources to which you have access to by reason of your association with the Charity in accordance with the authorised use.
- Do not contact beneficiaries or third parties whose information you have access to by virtue of your role as a Representative of the Charity unless you have been expressly authorised to do so by the Charity.
- Ensure that you understand and act in accordance with the Charity’s applicable policies and procedures, identify and report any amendment or training need and attend and engage with any training, appraisal / review meeting or investigation reasonably requested.
- Take all decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence available to you, without discrimination or bias.
- Respect others
- Treat everyone with respect and dignity and challenge any form of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, exploitation or abuse.
- You must not bully, harass, discriminate, intimidate or improperly influence any person for any reason or use physical punishment to correct any ones behaviour in particular a child’s behaviour.
- Inappropriate, discriminatory, offensive or harmful behaviour towards anyone who comes into contact with the Charity will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behaviour includes sexual behaviour or behaving in any way which breaches this Code or the Charity’s values and purposes.
- You should report allegations, suspicions or concerns about abuse or inappropriate behaviour of any kind to the Chairperson, and if concerning Safeguarding and/or Child Protection to the Nominated Safeguarding Trustee or the Designated Safeguarding Lead in accordance with the Safeguarding and Protecting People Policy and Child Protection Policy.
- Safeguard the safety, health, welfare and wellbeing of others
- You should take appropriate action to protect your own safety and welfare, that of others you come into contact with in the course of your association with the Charity and others affected by the Charity’s operation.
- Adhere to all legal and organisational health and safety and safeguarding requirements, including ensuring you have read and understood the Charity’s Safeguarding Policy and Child Protection Policy..
- Should you have any concerns about the safety, health, welfare or wellbeing of any person who comes into contact with the Charity, you should report it to the Chair at info@GSMosque.org or to the General Manager at Saddique@GSMosque.org or if applicable in accordance with the Safeguarding Policy or Child Protection Policy.