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Why the National Zakat Foundation?

The concept of National Zakat Foundation was inspired by shocking and tragic stories of destitution faced by Muslim women in the UK, specifically in Birmingham. There were cases of homelessness and in one instance, suicide.

The charity Mercy Mission UK which founded NZF launched a public appeal for the first time in Ramadan of 2011. At the time, funds were raised to establish the first housing project to support homeless Muslim women and provide a safe space where these women could access support. Since then, there have been a further three supported housing projects launched; two in London and one in Manchester.

In 2013, NZF was spun out of Mercy Mission UK into a separate entity and registered charity, and was also launched in Canada and Australia.

In 2015, NZF became the official Zakat Education Partner for Al Rayan Bank and in November 2016, established the UK’s first Zakat Centre in London.


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Meet the Team

Introducing the people behind the National Zakat Foundation