Privacy Notice

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Al Shirkatul Islamiyyah (‘ASI’) is strongly committed to protecting personal data. This privacy notice describes why, how and when we process personal data. It also provides information about individuals’ rights. This notice applies to personal data provided to us, either by data subjects themselves or by others.

Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable living person. Al Shirkatul Islamiyyah processes personal data for numerous different purposes. The following matters will vary according to the purpose for which data was collected: the means of collection; the lawful basis for processing; the disclosure of data; and the periods for which data is retained.

This Privacy Notice tells you how we look after your personal data when you visit our website, and at other points at which we collect your personal data. It tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

We may use personal data provided to us for any of the purposes described in this privacy notice or as otherwise stated at the point of collection. This document may also be described as a Fair Processing Notice.

ASI is the data controller for your data. Our registered office is at ASI, Tahir House, 22 Deer Park Road, London, SW19 3TL. You can contact us there or by email at or by phone on 020 8544 7666.

Finding your way around this privacy notice

This Privacy Notice is set out at follows:

Important information about us
The types of personal data that we collect and use
How your personal data is collected
How we use your personal data
Purposes for which we use your personal data
Disclosing your personal data to others
International data transfers
Data security
Data retention
Exercising your legal rights

Important information about us

Al Shirkatul Islamiyyah is a charity.

The charities’ key aims are: the propagation of Islam as interpreted in Ahmadiyyat i.e. Islam as expounded by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement and his successors, and generally to promote the comparative study of religion. They also include to advance education in the study of religion by printing, publication and distribution of books, pamphlets, videos, tapes etc. and production of programs.

Al Shirkatul Islamiyyah acts as a controller of personal data and is responsible for your personal data in connection with its activities (collectively referred to as "Al Shirkatul Islamiyyah", "we", "us" or "our" in this privacy notice). Al Shirkatul Islamiyyah is the data controller which is responsible for this particular website.

We have appointed a data protection officer (DPO) who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the DPO using the details set out below.

Contact details
Postal address:Tahir House, 22 Deer Park Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 3TL
Telephone number:020 8544 7666

Changes to this privacy notice

We recognise that transparency is an ongoing responsibility so we will keep this privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 25 May 2018.

Making a complaint

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection ( We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns, and would invite you to contact us in the first instance.

A request we would like to make of you

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and up-to-date. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract which we have entered into with you, and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform our obligations under the relevant contract. We will notify you if this is the case.

The types of personal data that we collect and use

When we refer to collecting or using personal data, or personal information, we are referring to any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity of the data subject has been removed (anonymous data).

We may collect, use, store and share different types of personal data about yourself, including the following:

Types of personal data that we collect, store, use and transfer
Identity Data This includes first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth, gender, and membership number (if applicable)
Contact Data This includes billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers.
Religious Data This includes Identity Data and details concerning religious belief and practice.
Financial Transaction Data This includes details about relevant payments made. It may also include, in some cases, details of products you have purchased from us.
Technical DataThis includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform, and other technology on the devices you use to access our website.
Profile DataThis includes your username and password, purchases or orders made by you, your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses.
Usage DataThis includes information about how you use our website.
Events DataThis includes your preferences in receiving information about (or invites to) events and your communication preferences.
Travel DataThis includes Identity Data, Contact Data, Transaction Data and the data available on a copy of your passport.
Special Category DataThis includes data relating to ethnicity and religious beliefs.
Human Resources Data (‘HR Data’)This includes Identity Data, Contact Data and Special Category Data for staff and volunteers. With regard to staff members this may also include Financial Data and Transaction Data.
Children’s DataThis may include Identity Data, Contact Data, and Education data in relation to children. This may also include details concerning education and training preferences.
Photo, Audio & Video DataThis includes audio and visual recordings, as well as photographs

We may also collect, use and share Anonymous Data, such as statistical or demographic data, for any purpose. Anonymous Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as it does not reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Anonymous Data with your personal data, so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data. Such data will then be used in accordance with this privacy notice.

We collect Special Categories of Personal Data about you. This may include details about your ethnicity and religious beliefs. Details of the data we collect, why we collect it and what we use it for, are listed below.

How your personal data is collected

We use different methods to collect data from and about you. We have set this out in the table below:

How we collect personal data
Direct Interactions We may collect your personal data when you directly interact with us, for instance, by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data collected when:
  • You send us letters, emails, faxes or other correspondence;
  • You subscribe to publications;
  • You complete surveys;
  • You participate in audio or visual recordings/photography;
  • You request that details of events be sent to you;
  • You give us some feedback; or
  • You apply for our products or services.
Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with some of our websites, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies and other similar technologies. We may also receive Technical Data about you if you visit other websites employing our cookies. Please see our cookie policy for further details. When your data is automatically processed, for instance via online analytics providers, we always implement suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, including, at least the right to obtain human intervention, to express your point of view and to contest the decision.
Third parties or publicly available sources.

We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:

Technical Data from the following parties:

  • analytics providers, such as Google (which may be based outside the EU);
  • Contact, Financial and Transaction Data from providers of technical, payment and delivery services (which may be based outside the EU).

Identity and Contact Data from publicly availably sources such as Companies House and the Electoral Register based inside the EU.

Further, depending on your settings or the privacy policies for social media and messaging services like Facebook or Twitter, you might give us permission to access information from those services, for example when you publicly tag us in an event photo.

Further information about cookies

Some of our websites use cookies. You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. Please note, if you disable or refuse cookies, some parts of the relevant websites may become inaccessible or fail to function properly. For more information about the cookies we use, please see our ‘Cookie Policy’.

How we use your personal data

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. We must have a “legal basis” in order to process your personal data. The relevant legal bases are set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/679) (‘GDPR’) and in current UK data protection legislation. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data.

Purposes for which we use your personal data

We use your personal data when undertaking the following activities.

Type of activities which we engage in, and corresponding purposes
Type of Activity Purpose Description
Contact Management To communicate and correspond with ASI staff and volunteers, as well as relevant third parties who are in contact with ASI. ASI will often need to maintain relevant contact directories for such purposes.
Human Resources To undertake HR activities for, and communications with, staff members and volunteers.
Travel Assistance To book and facilitate the travel of staff, volunteers and relevant third parties.
Financial Transactions To process financial transaction data
Publications To produce and distribute a range of publications, including books, articles and online media, including:
  • Review of Religions: an English language comparative religious magazine published monthly by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Regularly in print since 1902, it is one of the longest running Islamic periodicals in English.
  • Al Taqwa: Arabic monthly magazine conveying the teachings of Islam Ahmadiyyat to the Arab speaking world.
  • Al Fazl: The weekly newspaper al-Fazal International started its publication from London on January 7th, 1994. It is printed at the Raqeem press.
  • Al Hakam: a weekly English newspaper for members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat around the world.

Raqeem Press is the official printing press for Al-Shirkatul-Islamiyyah. Raqeem Books is the official online store for Al-Shirkatul-Islamiyyah.

Audio and visual recordings and Photography To operate:
  • MTA International - a globally-broadcasting, non-profit satellite television network which consists of 4 international channels;
  • Voice of Islam – a Digital DAB 24hr radio station which offers news, views, discussion and insight on Islam’s Perspectives on the world today.

In addition to the above specific activities, we may also use your data to:

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another purpose. This new purpose must be compatible with the original purpose for which we collected your data. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact us.

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Disclosing your personal data to others

Al Shirkatul Islamiyyah may need to share your personal data with the parties set out below. Our purposes for processing such information are set out in the above table entitled: ‘Types of personal data that we collect, store, use and transfer’ (see pg. 6).

External third parties

Type of professional advisers acting as processors or joint controllers

Country in which company is based

Service provided / need for disclosure


United Kingdom

Legal services


United Kingdom

Banking services


United Kingdom

Accounting services


United Kingdom

Accountancy services


United Kingdom

Insurance services

HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities acting as processors or joint controllers

United Kingdom

Require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances

National Ahmadiyya Muslim Associations

In nations across the world

Contact Management; Travel Assistance; Financial Transactions; Publications; Audio and visual recordings and Photography (Please see pg. 6 above for full definitions concerning ‘types of activity’)

AMJ International

United Kingdom

Human Resources; Contact Management; Travel Assistance; Financial Transactions (Please see pg. 6 above for full definitions concerning ‘types of activity’)

We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data. They must treat your data in accordance with the law, and ensure appropriate security measures are in place to protect your data. We do not allow any third-party processors to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes in accordance with our instructions. In the event that Al Shirkatul Islamiyyah sells, transfers, or merges parts of our operation or assets with a third-party organisation, the new owners or operators must use your personal data in the manner set out in this privacy notice.

International data transfers

Some of our external third parties, namely the National branches of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Therefore, their processing of your personal data will involve a transfer of data outside of the EEA.

Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the EEA, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

Please contact us if you wish to receive further information on the specific mechanisms which we use when transferring personal data outside of the EEA.

Data security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, altered, disclosed and/or processed. In addition, we ensure your personal data is only processed by employees, agents, contractors or other third-party processors, who are authorised to do so, on a ‘need to know’ basis. They will only process your personal data in accordance with our instructions, and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach. We will notify you, and any relevant supervisory authorities, if a data breach occurs, where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which we collected it. This includes the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the following criterion: the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data; the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of the personal data; the purposes for which we process the personal data; and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means.

Details of our retention periods for different types of personal data are available in our retention policy. Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy.

In some circumstances, you can ask us to delete your data: see ‘Request Erasure’ below for further information.

In some circumstances, we may anonymise your personal data (so that you can no longer be identified through the data) for research or statistical purposes. According to the law, anonymous data is not classed as personal data, as the data cannot be used to identify any given individual. As such, we are permitted by law to use anonymous data indefinitely without further notice to any data subject.

Exercising your legal rights

The General Data Protection Regulation provides you with a number of important rights. These include the following rights to:

For further information on each of these rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the Guidance issued by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on individuals rights under the General Data Protection Regulation. If you would like to exercise any of those rights, please:

Data Subject Access Requests

No fee usually required

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

Contact us

As mentioned above, if you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact our DPO by: Phone (020 8544 7666); Email (; or Post (Tahir House, 22 Deer Park Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 3TL).