Religious charity under investigation

The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into religious charity Dar ul Uloom Islamia Rizwia (Bralawai) amid concerns around its administration and management.

The conduct of trustees and staff at the Birmingham charity on social media is a particular concern of the regulator.

The regulator first flagged up concerns in 2019, over the charity’s safeguarding policies and procedures.

At the time trustees were issued with regulatory advice and assured the Commission that an educational centre it runs in Birmingham would close and not reopen until improvements had been made.

But when the regulator visited the charity’s premises, in the Small Health area of Birmingham, in November it found that the centre had been reopened without improvements taking place.

Also, the Commission says it is concerned by social media activity of trustees and staff following the visit.

“As part of the compliance visit the Commission established that the educational centre had re-opened without adhering to the charity’s policies and procedures,” said the regulator.

“The re-opening had also taken place despite there being incomplete disclosure and barring service checks in place for those engaged in regulated activity.”

The Commission’s inquiry will look at the charity’s safeguarding, conduct of staff and trustees on social media, unmanaged conflicts of interest, governance and financial management.

It added: “In addition to opening the inquiry, the regulator has also exercised its legal powers to compel the trustees to take specified action aimed at improving the administration and management of the charity.”

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