National Zakat Foundation Blog
12 June 2017

Married at 16

A hard-working girl, Shelina she never stepped out of line. She loved her parents so much, some would say she was submissive to them. Shelina did everything to please them. Her heartstrings were closely tied to her father’s words – he would merely ask her something and she felt like she couldn’t refuse. At the…

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3 June 2017

CASE STUDY: Tied up

Can you Imagine your husband tying you up and leaving you stranded in another country? I can – it happened to me. I loved a man who promised me everything I ever wanted – a home and a family. He is a British citizen and I was a girl from a village a continent away…

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28 May 2017

CASE STUDY: Parents abandoned by their son

The story of Mehreen and Usama The below is from Mehreen’s perspective, translated to English. My name is Mehreen, I’m 70 years old and my husband Usama is 74. I look after him, over the past few years, since we have come to the UK, his body has deteriorated. My daughter in law would make…

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28 May 2017

CASE STUDY: A crippling past

“A considerable amount of research has found that trauma has negative effects on physical health” As a caseworker, I have never met someone like Ayaan, her story shook me and brought me to tears. I met Ayaan when I visited one of the Supported Housing Projects that the National Zakat Foundation funds. When I saw…

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