King's College London Islamic Society

What is ARK?

The KCL Islamic Society is proud to launch the ARK Project. The ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) Project comprises of several projects each running throughout the year and insha'Allah we hope that they shall be running annually from this year onwards.

First and foremost, the ARK Project aims to allow us to complete "amal saaleh" - "righteous good deeds".

In the Qur'an, Allah (swt) tells us:

  • "But unto those who believe and do righteous good deeds give the glad tiding that theirs shall be gardens through which running waters flow." {2:25}
  • "Whereas those who believe and do righteous deeds - they are destined for paradise, therein to abide." {2:82}
  • "Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and are constant in prayer, and dispense charity - they shall have their reward with their Sustainer, and no fear need they have, and neither shall they grieve." {2:277}
  • ...and Allah mentions about the rewards of "those who believe and do righteous good deeds" many, many times in the Qur'an. 

With this in mind, the KCL Islamic Society, adjacent to our work to aid increase our knowledge of Islam, have created the ARK Project, where we can fill our time with righteous, good deeds and where we can put our belief and knowledge into action. For our belief needs to be manifested in our actions - actions of the heart, the mouth and the limbs.

The three projects we are embarking on this year are:
  • Gift Boxes
  • TILE: Tackling Isolation & Loneliness in the Elderly
  • Tackling Homelessness 

Keep up to date with ARK

Gift Boxes

For children who are ill, disabled or vulnerable, a little gift offered can mean the whole world to them. That simple act of kindness, a smile, a present, spending time with them - playing, painting, laughing & talking - the little things that we so often take for granted. This is the Gift Box project - working to make those little acts of kindness a constant gift for children in London who are less fortunate by health or socio-economics.

Throughout the year we create and fill gift boxes and gift bags with presents - from cuddly toys, to board games, to colouring pens & books, little rucksacks, dolls, toys and more! Alongside this we run sports and arts & crafts sessions for the kids. SubhanAllah, how that one session can give them the happiest of times, memories and friendships.

We've had sessions with KEEN London last year, presenting them with over 28 gift boxes for the children on their Sunday Sports session, and we also visited Evelina Children's Hospital (ECH) giving unique and personalised gifts for the children for Eid.
We're now on the journey of planning a week-long series of arts sessions for the children at ECH in February!    
"A Gift: a little act of kindness that can warm a heart."  

TILE: Tackling Isolation & Loneliness in the Elderly

In this society, the elderly are often socially isolated and can suffer from loneliness. Islam places a heavy duty about the youth to ensure that the elderly are respected and cared for.
It is with this in mind that we have partnered up with Bluegrove Care Home where twice a month we'll be paying a visit to the elderly - to talk with them, to play games with them, to provide forms of entertainment, to socialise with them, to help them in their everyday needs and be that constant reminder that they are never forgotten and are very much a special part of our community.

Tackling Homelessness

Homelessness is a major issue in London. Living and studying in the heart of London, you can see this first-hand. We feel it is our duty to help those suffering from homelessness and to make them realise that we, as Muslims, care about their situation and are willing to step up and help them stand on their feet again.
Throughout the year we'll be holding Open Dinners for the Homeless and the Needy. Our first dinner was held for Eid-ul-Fitr 2013 and Insha'Allah our second dinner will be coming up in December 2013.

We're working with Rukshana Khan Foundation and many other shelters in London to outreach to those who are in need of help and a home. We're also working with St Mungo's, the leading organisation for homelessness in the UK. We're running health clinics (medical, dental and lifestyle clinics) in many shleters across London, providing check-ups for the homeless. We'll be working with the TB Vans and the Doctors who themselves are volunteering their time too. We're also volunteering at a specialised Muslim Woman Shelter, helping them get back on their feet. There's also the opportunity to join the Outreach Teams and help those on the streets.

Our Tackling Homelessness Project was recently featured in The Huffington Post, written by ISOC Student Affairs Officer, Faisel Alam.