Zakat & Sadaqa Fund
We are duty bound to calculate and pay our Zakat once a year as a means towards establishing social justice, purifying our souls from greed and encourage generosity and philanthropy. Its function is the redistribution of wealth in a way that is fair and equitable and to reduce poverty and redress the social imbalances that occur in our communities. “Keep up the salah and pay the zakat, and bow down your heads with those who bow down theirs.” Qur’an, 2:43
The Qur’an outlines eight categories recipient of Zakat. One of the beneficiaries mentioned are the ‘Al-Mu’allafatu Qulubuhum’ – ‘those whose hearts are to be reconciled,’ ‘those who are inclined to Islam and who may be made to endure misfortune on account of it’ or ‘those who have already professed Islam and whose Iman can be strengthened by it.’
Unfortunately this category is not readily accepted as requiring support by our UK aid organisations. The nature of our work compels us to kindly request your Zakat and Sadaqa so that we can return it to those in our community as a means of addressing their needs, furthering their education and their Iman is strengthened on account of it. We have been raised with the understanding that ‘Charity begins at home’ and indeed all scholars are in agreement that Zakat and Sadaqa collection should be used to support the communities immediate to the surroundings of its origin. Our aim in creating the Zakat and Sadaqa Fund therefore, is so that it addresses the criteria set out in the Qur’an and utilised for UK based initiatives that support and assist in the education and development of the convert community.