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Maslaha and its work have been recognised through various awards:

November 2014 - Innovation Mindset Challenge

In November 2014 Maslaha was announced as the overall winner of the Innovation Mindset Challenge set by Project Innovation and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and Columbia University. Watch the video above on Maslaha's working approach, made as part of an online toolkit for developing an 'innovation mindset,' and will be used in practical workshops around the world.

The competition sought ‘extraordinary’ examples of innovation mindset – ‘community-based solutions that challenge the common-sense approach in their fields.’ Maslaha’s entry focused on the stories around our Talking from the Heart project which combined faith and medical advice to explore mental health and therapy in communities where there are often considerable barriers to broaching these subjects. The project presented short films in Somali, Urdu & Bengali/Sylheti which combined faith and medical advice to better reach communities.

The judges said: “We were struck by Maslaha’s tackling of heavy issues through an art form as well as collaboration with medical and spiritual members of the surrounding communities.”

The two runners-up in the competition were from Kenya and South Korea. The competition curators, Project Innovation, said “The judges were captivated by these stories of innovation from around the world, and we know that others will be able to learn from their work. 


February 2012 - NESTA/The Observer

Maslaha has been named as one of by Britain's 50 New Radicals by The Observer and NESTA. In partnership with the Observer, and using an expert panel of judges, NESTA have identified who they think are the people and organisations who are changing Britain for the better; those applying fresh approaches in practical and scalable ways, through social, technological, scientific and artistic methods.

Find out more about the thinking behind this initiative here.

For the team at Maslaha this is an especially important achievement: the association of an organisation that works with Muslims with the term 'radical' is normally something that is surrounded by an air of fear and suspicion rather than celebration.

We are not a 'Muslim organisation' and we do not work only with Muslims - we work with disadvantaged communities across the UK and increasingly internationally, our team is diverse and we bring together a variety of talents to meet social needs. But we believe that reminding people that Islam can also be synonymous with social justice and charity is an important step towards challenging divisive negative stereotypes.

'Maslaha' itself translates from Arabic as 'for the common good' and this principle lies at the very heart of our work. Our projects provide practical and positive support for unheard voices and marginalised communities. We use creativity and an innovative approach to bring together a wide and varied group of people to create a movement around addressing a need or celebrating inspiring stories and ideas.


September 2010 - London Health Commission

Maslaha has won an award for its work with GPs, hospitals and local imams in Tower Hamlets and Westminster.  The Partnership Achievement award recognizes Maslaha’s work in health, in particular helping the Muslim community to access services and manage diabetes.

Read the press release here.


March 2010 - Diabetes UK Shared Practice Award

Maslaha was been awarded the Diabetes UK Shared Practice Award 2010.

About the Shared Practice Award

Diabetes UK Shared Practice Database is a web resource that provides professionals with a repository of self-submitted examples of diabetes care projects. The database serves to showcase work from healthcare professionals to enable them to share experiences of care practice models.

As a result of the success of the database, the Shared Practice Award was launched to recognise the delivery of innovative care projects. A call for entries took place last year and the first winners of the Shared Practice Award were presented at the Annual Professional Conference.

The winners have each successfully demonstrated how their project delivers innovative care to improve the health and quality of life for people with diabetes by recognising the needs of person centred care models.

About the Diabetes in Tower Hamlets project

The Diabetes in Tower Hamlets project was presented as an example of good practice at the 2008 NHS London conference – ‘Innovating for a World City’ and on the Diabetes UK website.  The resources have also been received with interest by other healthcare providers across the UK, and other PCTs have expressed interest in commissioning Maslaha to develop resources in the areas of smoking cessation, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, obesity.

Maslaha is developing a strong approach to using faith in addressing healthcare needs, which can be embedded within the NHS as a whole. The work commissioned by PCTs will accumulate to create a bank of encyclopaedic knowledge, enabling us to eventually take these resources beyond individual PCTs to develop an NHS wide resource.

This resource was also featured in ‘Diabetes Update’ - the quarterly publication for professionals working in diabetes healthcare and research.

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