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About National Zakat Foundation

What is National Zakat Foundation?

Every Muslim community in the world needs a mechanism to uphold the pillar of Zakat, just as our mosques uphold the pillar of Salat. This is what we tasked ourselves with in 2011, when we launched the National Zakat Foundation (NZF) in the UK.

NZF is now the premier Zakat institution for the UK Muslim community, serving Zakat payers and recipients nationwide. By providing a complete Zakat service within the UK, NZF aims to achieve its vision of a faithful, confident, selfless and self-sufficient Muslim community in the United Kingdom.

It is the only organisation providing an end-to-end Zakat service, encompassing Education, Calculation, Collection and Distribution of Zakat funds for the benefit of local, deserving recipients. This group includes some of the most vulnerable members of the community, including the homeless, refugees, asylum seekers, single parents and the elderly.

Why do we need another charity organisation?

The concept of the National Zakat Foundation was born when shocking stories of poverty in the UK came to light. Although there are many Muslim charities in the UK, practical support for those suffering from poverty and destitution is scarce and fragmented. As a result, the National Zakat Foundation was established in order to provide an effective, organised and professional service to help those in need on our doorstep.

Why do we need to distribute Zakat in the UK when we have an established welfare system?

Under the welfare system, application procedures for housing and other benefits are time consuming and bureaucratic. Applicants can encounter delays of up to several months before any benefit is forthcoming. NZF aims to provide assistance during this crucial time so that applicants (often with children) are able to live in safety and with dignity whilst other options are being explored.

What type of assistance does the National Zakat Foundation give?

NZF provides Zakat to individuals who are eligible to receive it. Through our Zakat fund, we aim to provide for the basic necessities of life. Examples of the type of items we have paid for so far include:

  • Food vouchers
  • Emergency accommodation
  • Rent deposits
  • Baby items such as nappies and milk
  • Personal items e.g. clothing and toiletries
  • Essential travel
  • Basic furniture
  • Vital counselling services

Zakat Application Process

How do I know if I am eligible for Zakat?

If your net Zakatable assets are valued below the Silver Nisab level and your surplus non-Zakatable assets are also valued below the Silver Nisab level you may be eligible for Zakat. You may also be eligible for Zakat if you are in debt out of necessity, or struggling to meet your expenses then you are eligible to apply for Zakat. For further information, please read our Zakat Eligibility Policy.

How do I make an application for Zakat?

You can make an application for Zakat by completing the form online or printing it and sending the completed application to the address stated on the form. You can download a copy of the form here

How is my application for Zakat assessed?

A panel of Zakat experts decide the outcome of every application.

Is there a limit to how much Zakat I can apply for?

You may apply for a maximum of £3,000 in Zakat funds.

How long does it take to receive a decision?

We will endeavour to come to a decision within 4 weeks. To avoid delays, please make sure you have filled out all the necessary information on the application form.

Will you provide feedback on my application if I am unsuccessful?

Yes, we will provide an explanation about why your application was unsuccessful.

Can I apply again if I am unsuccessful the first time?

You are welcome to apply again, but reapplications must be submitted no earlier than 3 months from the date of decision of your latest application.

If I have received Zakat from the National Zakat Foundation in the past, can I apply again?

Yes, you can, but a new application will need to be filled in.

Giving your Zakat to the National Zakat Foundation

I usually give my Zakat abroad, why should I give it here in the UK?

There is a genuine need for Muslims to give their Zakat to organisations in the UK to help address problems facing the Muslim community here. Many Muslims are simply unaware of the fact that there are Muslims living in our communities who are suffering from poverty and destitution, many of whom are left isolated due to inadequate support structures. They too require our help urgently. As Muslims living in the UK, it is important that we balance our giving between local and international causes, bearing in mind that our collective accountability for the poor and destitute within the UK is paramount and must not be forgotten.

Can I still give my Zakat abroad? Is it wrong if I do?

Yes, you can still give your Zakat abroad and there is nothing wrong in doing so. However, it is recommended by many scholars that Zakat should be given locally. This is based in part on the instruction that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) gave to his companion, Mu'adh, who was sent to spread the message of Islam in Yemen, "O Mu'adh! Inform them that Allah makes Zakat obligatory for them. (It is) to be taken from their rich and given to their poor." [Bukhari]

What will the National Zakat Foundation use my Zakat for?

Your Zakat will be used to fund projects that are beneficial primarily for the Muslim community in the UK and for which it is permissible to use Zakat funds. Only eligible projects will qualify for the use of Zakat funds. Expenditure that cannot be funded through Zakat funds will be funded through general donations (Sadaqah) and Gift Aid. NZF distribute Zakat money to individuals as well as funding relevant projects.

The NZF distribute Zakat money to individuals as well as funding relevant projects.

Currently, the majority of our work is focussed within the Muslim community. We have chosen to channel our initial efforts in this manner due to our limited resources as a young organisation, the particularly high level of poverty and deprivation within the UK Muslim community and our expertise in faith-sensitive service provision. Our long-term ambition is for the National Zakat Foundation to be of benefit to all, regardless of colour or creed.

How do I know my Zakat is being used for the right purposes?

The National Zakat Foundation has a strict policy when using Zakat donations entrusted to us.

When NZF was launched in 2011, our policy was for 100% of our Zakat collected to be used directly to support eligible applicants and to fund our supported housing projects. All salaries, marketing costs, office rent, utilities and other such expenses were covered with non-Zakat funds, for example Gift Aid or Sadaqah donations.

This policy was modified slightly in May 2014 when, having consulted scholars from the Al-Qalam Shari'ah Panel (www.alqalam.org.uk), we decided to use up to 10% of our Zakat funds per annum to fund the salaries of caseworkers only, whose role it is to administer Zakat. This was to make absolutely certain that we would always be sufficiently resourced to distribute the Zakat with which we are entrusted with maximum impact.

The distribution of our Zakat funds is therefore split approximately as follows:

  • 60-70% on hardship grants to individuals and families in need.
  • 20-30% on our four supported housing projects for homeless women and ex-offenders.
  • Up to 10% maximum on the caseworkers who are involved with administering Zakat on a day to day basis.

As has always been the case, other salaries, marketing costs, office rent, utilities and other expenses in running the organisation are covered with non-Zakat funds.

Anyone who gives Zakat to NZF can be confident that our Zakat policy is in line with the Qur'an and Sunnah and supported by leading UK scholars.

How do I give my Zakat to the National Zakat Foundation?

You can give your Zakat to us by donating via our website, sending a cheque/postal order to our address, through a direct bank transfer, or by calling our hotline on 03333 123 123.

Please visit our donate section for further details click here.

Can you help me calculate my Zakat properly?

Yes, we have resources available to help you calculate your Zakat properly, including:

  • Zakat Calculator – designed to help you calculate your Zakat accurately in 4 comprehensive steps
  • Email Service – send your questions to zakatquery@nzf.org.uk
  • Knowledge Bank – learn about Zakat and its rulings
  • Video Library – watch Zakat calculation tutorials
  • Callback Service – if you would prefer to speak to someone, leave your details here

Do you accept Zakat al Fitr?

Yes we accept Zakat al Fitr but the deadline for payment is 25th Ramadan.

Can I give general (Sadaqah) donations to the National Zakat Foundation?

Yes, we accept general (Sadaqah) donations for projects and expenditure that cannot be funded through Zakat contributions.

Donations

How can I donate to the National Zakat Foundation?

There are several ways in which you can donate as follows:

  • Online - this is the quickest and most efficient method.
  • Direct Bank Transfer - transfer funds from your bank account to our bank account.
  • Cheque or Postal Order - post your donation to: FREEPOST NZF
  • Call our donation hotline on 03333 123 123.

Can I donate to a specific project?

As a general rule, we spend your donation where it's most needed so that the most vulnerable Muslims within our communities receive the help and support they urgently require. However, if there is a particular project that you wish to support, please contact us and we can discuss it further insha'Allah.

Can I donate on a regular basis?

Yes, this is something we actively encourage as it helps us to plan our work and future priorities. You can donate on a regular basis through setting up a Direct Debit on our website. Simply visit our donation page, and click the Regular Giving tab.

Can I amend or cancel my regular donation at any time?

Yes, you can do so by simply contacting us and letting us know what you want to do.

My payment details are changing, what should I do?

Please get in touch with us as soon as possible with the new payment details so that we can update our records and ensure that your donation continues to reach those who need it most.

Is my donation eligible for Gift Aid?

You can make your gift work harder by allowing us to claim 25% more, at NO extra cost to you.

When completing your donation form either online or offline you will be asked to tick a box stating "If you would like NZF to reclaim the tax you have paid on all your donations made in the last four years, and any future donations."

The tick box will have the following disclaimer: By ticking this box you are confirming that "I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand the charity will reclaim 28p of tax on every £1 that I gave up to 5 April 2008 and will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give on or after 6 April 2008." Gift Aid will be used to fund NZF's general work and is not part of your Zakat.

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

For online donations, you will receive a receipt directly to the email address you register when you are making the donation. For cheque and postal order donations, we will post out a printed receipt to your registered address. Please note, we are unable to issue receipts for donations made via bank transfer.

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