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26 July 2019

Muslim watchdog: Successfully holding the media to account

On an uncomfortably humid evening, I found myself in a packed Parliamentary committee room for the launch of the Centre for Media Monitoring (CfMM), the Muslim community’s watchdog for the print and broadcast media. Many familiar faces who are leaders and activists from the Muslim community were present, sitting alongside the editors of all the…

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23 July 2019

The Fifth Pillar

Islamic terminologies have a close relationship with their linguistic roots. We use the term ‘Shahadah’ to refer to bearing witness to the oneness of Allah. The linguistic roots go to the indicate to observing something with the naked eye, almost to denote that belief requires certainty, a certainty that can almost be visualised with the…

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30 May 2019

The Need, Your Choice, Our Pledge

Thursday 30 May The Need We expect a 40% increase in the number of applications from our brothers and sisters in poverty across the UK in 2019 – that’s over 2,000 more people than last year. We have NEVER turned away any eligible Zakat recipient for lack of funds. Let’s come together in these last…

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27 May 2019

Statements of Clarification

Wednesday 29th May Response to 5Pillars article   In response to today’s story by 5Pillars about NZF, Iqbal Nasim, Chief Executive said:  We completely reject any assertion that NZF has ever used Zakat funds (or any other funds) to support Prevent, counter extremism or Israel lobby related activities. Moreover, we have never received any funding related…

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20 April 2019

10 Differences Between Zakat and Sadaqah

Zakat and Sadaqah are forms of worship done by Muslims. The two are different in their own respects. The word Sadaqah is derived from the Arabic word Sidq (truth). All actions of righteousness in Islam is considered as Sadaqah. Zakat on the other hand, is one of five fundamental foundations of Islam. This makes it…

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10 April 2019

Ever heard of Zakat?

Iqbal Nasim, Chief Executive of National Zakat Foundation, explains for the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) the Islamic principle of Zakat and how powerful its impact can be.  I will never forget the phone call I received back in December 2012, a year into my journey at National Zakat Foundation (NZF). I was at the…

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