Frequently Asked Questions
Q1 How can you be both "Radical" and in the "Middle"?
The radical middle way is based on the premise that most of the discussion about Islam is held in a context of extremism on both sides. So actually to be moderate, to be in the middle, is radical because it's different from the perceived notion around us.
" our goal is to create more open, engaged and merciful communities
Q2 Do you only do events?
We'll agree that events are what we are well known for, but we more than just "event organisers". Our philosophy is "total engagement"; our goal is to create more open, engaged and merciful communities. This means that apart from events, we also do workshops, training and not to mention our online work such as Building Peace in Pakistan, Ramadan in the Capital for example.
Q3 So what type of work do you do?
Our work falls under 4 categories:
-Adab al-ikhtilaf (dialogue): We create vibrant platforms for debate and dialogue where we provide authoritative guidance and actually get down to the messy work of negotiating difference.
-Khidma (public service): We help people understand what it means to be of service and give them the inspiration to take transformative action.
-Culture: We harness the creative energies of Muslim communities to tell their stories, develop their identities and address difficult issues.
-Security: We promote safety and security for all; presenting clear principles and authoritative arguments against those who think that violence and murder has any place in our faith.
Q4 Are you non-profit? & Who are you funded by?
We are a community interest company which, like a non-profit, we only receive funding to cover our operating costs, but unlike a non-profit, any surplus in funding is re-invested back into future projects. We are not funded by a particular group or organisation; instead, we are constantly fighting to find funders and sponsors who are interested in the spread of dialogue to improve community relations. Our funders in the past have included UK government, local government and sponsors such as Islamic Relief.
Q5 Who are your speakers and what makes them exceptional?
Since 2005 we've brought thousands of young people into contact with the teachings of exceptional Islamic scholars, activists and cultural figures from all corners of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Dr Tariq Ramadan, Yusuf Islam, Moez Masoud and Dr Umar Faruq Abdullah . This network of teachers is one of the most authoritative and inspirational groups ever assembled by a Muslim organisation, and it provides the knowledge base for all our programmes.
Q6 How do you decide who to invite to your platform?
We work tirelessly to develop a network of influence and action that brings together scholars, activists and artists who can close the East-West divide. People who can inspire Muslims living in the West.
Q7 Are you a "Da'waa" organisation?
Our work is about engagement, about promoting the core values of Islam; that of mercy, peace, co-existence citizenship. We are not a duwa based organisation and do not follow a particular persuasion or sect, rather, we are here to facilitate pro-active discussions and empower future generations to become better citizens.
Q8 Where do you work?
We have worked with young people in over 35 cities in the UK and Ireland and delivered programmes in Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Mali and Morocco reaching over 100,000 (get accurate figure) worldwide since 2005. Check out "Where we've been" for more info events.radicalmiddleway.co.uk
Q9 Do you work with Muslims only?
We believe in total engagement and therefore work a lot with other faith based organisations to promote greater inter-faith dialogue. We provide fresh thinking about Islam and its place in the modern world and want Muslims to recognise that their core beliefs are valuable wherever they go, whatever they do. We want people of other faiths or no faith to appreciate that Islam has helpful insights about everyday concerns and can enrich everyone's lives.
Q10 How does your work make a difference?
If you're going to dream, dream big. We want to see more open, engaged and merciful communities – without violence, without injustice, without fear.