Charity Commission concludes statutory investigation into iERA
On Friday 4th November 2016, the Charity Commission published its concluding report to the statutory investigation into the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA).
The investigation concluded that during the formative years of the organisation there had been misconduct and mismanagement on two main areas. The organisation had filed annual returns with some omissions and had not closed a company bank account that had collected donations on behalf of the charity. The charity acknowledges this oversight and is pleased to announce that all our public records are accurate and up to date. We can also report that the Commission was able to verify that the funds in the company were used solely to further the objects of the charity.
The charity has robust policies and procedures in place to manage risk and has been able to demonstrate compliance. The Commission has provided further advice and guidance on this area which the charity has taken on board.
In response to the Commission’s closure of the statutory investigation, iERA’s Vice-Chairman, Saqib Sattar said:
“Since the launch of iERA in 2009 the organisation underwent rapid and significant growth as the impact of our work was received positively by both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Being a young and ambitious organisation experiencing these ‘growing pains’ we had on occasion not managed to attain the high standards the Commission sets out in our formative years. We are happy to report that since 2013 we have made significant progress in the quality of our governance and administration.
The charity, as the Commission noted during the investigation, wields considerable influence, which we recognise and exercise responsibly. We remain committed to articulating a warm, intelligent and compassionate case for Islam, in an environment of increased hostility and misunderstanding of Muslims and our faith.”.
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