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March update


Transforming lives

Amin came to the UK as young refugee from Somalia. Keen to change the circumstances for his family who were struggling to get by on a day to day basis in London, he decided to apply to University as a means to break free from poverty. To help finance his studies, Amin applied for a Higher Education grant from NZF & Lantern of Knowledge Educational Trust. One year after making his grant application, NZF caught up with Amin to see how his life has since been transformed.  Listen to the full interview here.   

Save the dates: Zakat Awareness Week 23rd-29th May 

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam, but how much do we actually know about it? Last year NZF launched Zakat Awareness Week as a solution to this problem. Most of us know very little about Zakat relative to the other pillars of Islam. Have you ever asked yourself: When do I pay my Zakat? What is the Nisab? Who is eligible to receive Zakat? From the 23rd-29th May 2016, NZF will be hosting talks, workshops and Q&As across the UK and online to equip you with all you need to know about Zakat. If you would like to volunteer to support our events team during Zakat Awareness Week, please do get in touch

Islamic Finance Conference

Iqbal Nasim, Chief Executive of NZF, was part of a panel at the the first student-led Islamic Finance conference in the UK. The theme of the conference was 'Islamic Finance: The Way Forward' and was held at the London School of Economics. With many students incurring heavy debts to pay for their education, Iqbal discusses the concept of debt within Islam and how Zakat assist someone in debt with no other way out, as mentioned in the Qur'an. Watch it here

Final call: Be an ambassador for Zakat in the North!

If you are passionate about upholding a pillar of Islam, you still have until Midnight on the 3rd April 2016 to apply for this unique opportunity. NZF is looking for an ambassador for Zakat services  in the North of England. This is a full-time post and senior role. If you have at least three to five years formal experience in local community work, fundraising, volunteer management, etc. you could be the perfect person for this role. Find out more and apply here.

Become a Zakat trainer

NZF is developing a pool of Zakat trainers across the UK to deliver an ambitious 100 Zakat workshops between now and Ramadan! If you know a local Imam or Scholar with a zeal for Zakat, please encourage them to sign up as a Zakat trainer so together we can empower Zakat payers nationwide to fulfil their obligations with confidence by disseminating vital knowledge about this pillar of Islam. Find out more here.  

Your Zakat at work

In the month of March, NZF received 157 applications and distributed £84,265 of Zakat. This month NZF received a high volume of applications requesting assistance with utility bills and rent arrears. Such situations arise when job loss or a benefits sanction leave applicants without adequate provisions to even feed themselves properly. NZF work with applicants to provide relief with their immediate needs and empower applicants with budgeting skills to make them self sufficient henceforth. If you would like to make a difference to the needy on our doorstep, why not volunteer with our Zakat distribution team? Apply here.

What's on?

Nida Trust, 'Muslim Education Fair 2016', Nida Trust, Saturday 23rd April to Sunday 24th April 2016, London. Find out more

NZF, 'Poverty amongst Muslims with the UK - Mufti Liaquat and Maulana Nasir Zameer', Saturday 30th April 2016, Birmingham. Find out more.
 
NZF and Islamic Online University, 'Fiqh of Zakat', Saturday 30th April 2016, Online. 6.30pm. Find out more.

Muslim Lifestyle Show, Saturday 30th April to Sunday 1st May 2016, London.  Find out more.

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