Introducing the people behind the National Zakat Foundation.
Our vision is for Islam to flourish in society as a source of prosperity and harmony for all.
Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam – one of the foundations on which the rest of the religion can grow, both collectively and individually.
In the Arabic language, Zakat means growth, blessings, purification and development. Zakat requires Muslims to pay 2.5% of their wealth on an annual basis to help those less fortunate. There are eight recipients of Zakat, as detailed in the Qur’an.
“Indeed, Zakat expenditures are only for  the poor and  the needy, and  to those who work on [administering] it and  for bringing hearts together and  to [free] those in bondage and  for those in debt and  for the cause of God and  for the stranded traveller. This is an obligation from God. God is All-Knowing, All-Wise.” (Qur’an, Chapter 9, Verse 60)
The aim of Zakat is not achieved simply by paying Zakat – the aim can only be best achieved when we distribute Zakat in an effective way.
That’s where National Zakat Foundation comes in.
A snapshot of the problem
50% of Muslim households are in poverty
It can take long delays before the welfare system can offer benefits and support. That means it’s common for people to live without basic essentials like food and clothes.
Almost half of British people think Islam is incompatible with the British way of life.
Muslims are growing up in an increasingly secular Britain and drifting away from Islam due to negative perceptions. National organisations and advocacy groups that represent Muslims and Muslim organisations are underfunded and therefore have less credibility and influence.
Through our Economic Empowerment Programme, we pool Zakat from Muslims in the UK to help others in the country who need it most, strengthening the community and upholding submission to God in our society.
We also invest in better public perceptions of Islam and Muslims through the Leadership Investment Programme. This programme invests in leading institutions and emerging Muslim leaders.
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