Become an ISB Volunteer
In Islam, volunteering is enshrined in our prophet’s beliefs.
Giving and helping especially those in need is especially important. Most of us think that giving should be in the form of wealth, but actually it can also in the form of volunteering.
Volunteering is a beneficial and productive form of sadaqa or helping give to those in need. Not only are you benefitting others, but you are also earning reward, and a fact that is often overlooked, learning how to become more productive in your everyday life.
During this week, we want to hear your amazing stories (young or old) of what you have done during the last 12 months to make a small difference to people’s lives. We shall publish some of your stories through the ISB website and social media channels.
We are also launching our volunteer recognition scheme to recognise the contribution all our volunteers make whatever role they perform.
This has been a difficult year for all of us. We want to thank you for your great work during the pandemic and the difference you have made to the lives of many in your local communities.
The Islamic Society of Britain has been established for over thirty years. In addition to being an organisation working on the spiritual and leadership development of young Muslim people, it is also continually active in its local communities across the United Kingdom engaged in social action for the betterment of society. Currently, more than two hundred volunteers support the ISB’s activities on an ad-hoc basis, and they are the backbone of the community work that we do.
Our Volunteer Policy
Our volunteer policy has been created to show our volunteers and potential volunteers that we have spent time and care in planning how volunteers from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds will be welcomed at ISB. It also outlines that all volunteers will be treated in a fair and consistent way. It should also help our volunteers understand what support is available to them and what they can expect from us.
See policy in the link show.
Our Vision and Mission for Volunteering
Volunteering is a great way to share your enthusiasm, skills and ideas whilst having fun and meeting like-minded people. By volunteering for ISB, you will be making a positive contribution to community development in your area – you will be working towards bringing communities together, empowering young people, and supporting local people. Volunteers are vital to our work.
All volunteers will go through an induction process covering Safeguarding training, DBS checks, Health & Safety, and task requirements.
Attracting Volunteers and Volunteer Agreement
We have a range of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in which are regularly advertised through our social media channels. if you would like to ensure you do not miss any opportunities please subscribe by completing the online Volunteer Registration Form below or alternatively, you can come along in person (if appropriate under current COVID-19 restrictions and enquire about becoming a volunteer.
Once we receive your completed registration form, a member of our Management team will get in touch with more information on specific opportunities and we can decide together which option best matches your interests and time availability and our needs.
Your help will be greatly appreciated and really will make a difference.
Here are 5 ways that volunteering encourages those who are involved to become more productive Muslims:
1. Makes you be organised
Like the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), the serious volunteer is someone who has little time to waste. They want to be able to fit in as much time as possible doing work for the sake of Allah, whether it be fundraising for the most vulnerable in society, feeding the homeless or helping in their local community. They realise that the more organised and efficient they are, the more time they can spend raising money and not just concentrating on themselves. They need to have things planned in advance and meet their deadlines.
2. Encourages self-assessment
It is only when you open the doors to constructive criticism, that you are able to make changes that allow you to be the best volunteer you can possibly be and make changes that benefit others. Such as working collaboratively with others or keeping detailed accounts is not just a commitment to transparency that encourage us, but a realisation that true self-improvement can only take place after self-assessment. We aim to be our own harshest critic and strongest competitor.
3. Promotes competition in the good
There is nothing like friendly competition to encourage people. We should encourage Muslims to compete with each other in a way that encourages excellence whilst still fostering brotherhood. Each organisation and each person must be motivated to do better, work harder, and sleep less so that they can be at the forefront of helping others.
4. Is the best motivation
Remaining productive 24/7 can be quite difficult. Even though we know the benefits of being productive every day, but it mostly centred towards ourselves. If the motivation for being productive focused on other people, our efforts will elevate. Volunteering shifts the focus of our activities from individuals to society in need. Being unproductive as volunteer means someone who you could have helped may be suffering.
5. Provides a vision
Productivity is pointless unless it is pointed in the right direction and there is a vision for your actions. Whilst being productive and organised is important, the ultimate importance is given to the vision, or end goal. Your own vision should be pushed relentlessly at every level, every meeting, and every minute. To be truly productive, we must make our every movement, decision, and step in accordance with achieving the vision. And when we get this right, the barakah of Allah pours forth like the heavy rain on a barren plain.
There are many other reasons for volunteering.
Meet new people.
- Improve health and general wellbeing.
- Learn new things about the world.
- Connects you with your community.
- Improve life skills and career enhancement.
- Reduce mental health problems – depression and anxiety.
In conclusion, the best way to become a truly productive Muslim is to work continually for the creation of a productive (and united) Muslim Ummah. May Allah grant us this and His pleasure. Ameen.