Our Zakat: Where the need is greatest
Zakat is a pillar of Islam. Zakat matters everywhere and at every time. It is not just something for alleviating poverty. Zakat purifies our wealth.
“Keep up the salah and pay the zakat, an bow down your heads with those who bow down theirs.” (Qur’an, 2:43)
Zakat instills social consciousness in us. It helps us to develop taqwa and recognise Allah’s blessings upon is. It encourages equity and connects us with people around us. It allows us to help others and ourselves.
Paying our zakat for UK based activities and initiatives is a way of channeling our religious duty towards those that we live amongst. After all, charity should begin at home. The Islamic Society of Britain’s Zakat Trust was set up in 2000 to provide a way to collect zakat (and sadaqa) to distribute it to fund UK-based activities and initiatives. We will be answerable for how we looked after our own families, neighbours, neighbourhoods, and people.
What kinds of activities are eligible for funding?
Over the years, the Islamic Society of Britain has been running a number of zakat eligible projects, right here in the UK:
– Islam awareness initiatives
– Education, training and development programmes
– Inter-faith activities
The Sharia allows zakat (and sadaqa) money to be spent for these purposes. A number of scholars, including Sheikh Abdullah Judai, have confirmed the use of zakat and sadaqah money for the areas of work outlined above.
“The example of those who spend their wealth if God’s cause is like a grain of corn that produces seven ears, each bearing a hundred grains. God gives multiple increase to whoever He wishes. He is limitless and all-knowing.” (Qur’an, 2:261)
ISB Manchester Feed the Homeless Ramadan Appeal
ISB Manchester are launching a sadaqah campaign to feed the homeless across Greater Manchester during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
The month of Ramadan is an especially important part of the Islamic calendar when we help those most disadvantaged in society.
We need your help to achieve this goal; we expect to provide over 7000 freshly prepared meals. We shall be working with several well-established grass roots voluntary organisations to distribute the meals to the homeless and most needy.
Donate your sadaqah through the donation link below.
We thank you for your kind generosity in what has been a difficult year. You are making a difference, to the lives of the most vulnerable in Manchester.