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Zakat Eligibility Policy

"The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and those who collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free the captives and the debtors, and for the cause of Allah, and (for) the wayfarers; a duty imposed by Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, Wise." (The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 9, Verse 60)

Please read the following eligibility criteria before completing the application form.

Applicants must:

  • Be Muslim.
  • Demonstrate that their circumstances mean that they cannot, or will soon not be able to finance basic needs (food, clothing and accommodation).
  • Declare all income and expenses, assets and debts.

Decision making process:

NZF has a clear policy informed by research, scholarly opinion and Islamic jurisprudence in the context of life in the UK today.

Every effort has been made to ensure that we can support as many people as possible. However, only eligible applications will be considered. If your application is successful, your case will be assessed by a caseworker who will determine the support that can be offered, according to our policies and support limits. 

You can apply for support with:

A. Essentials

  • Emergency subsistence (food, clothing, accommodation, transport, prepaid utilities)
  • rent and deposit
  • council tax
  • mortgage payments, only if there is an imminent threat of repossession
  • utilities bills (gas and electricity)
  • transport costs
  • mobile phone and broadband costs
  • essential white goods and furniture (limited to: fridge/freezer, bed, mattress, baby’s cot, washing machine [families only])
  • essential medical equipment or furniture, only if not available from NHS

B. Empowerment

NZF will consider supporting the activities and services listed below, only if you can prove that this will lead to an improvement in your economic situation within 3 months of completion.

  • Vocational training and professional development courses
  • Exam and Licence Fees
  • Business Development Costs

C. Legal costs

NZF will consider supporting legal costs for the cases listed below. 

Please note that for immigration related cases, your application will be merits assessed by a lawyer, who will determine the likelihood of success. NZF will only progress with cases which have 60+% chance of success.

  • New Asylum Cases
  • Fresh Asylum Cases
  • Family Reunion Clearance
  • Spouse Visa
  • Child Entry
  • Registration for Minor
  • Islamic Divorce (Faskh)
  • Permanent Residency
  • Challenging Council Decisions
  • Challenging Social Services Decisions
  • Challenging Unfair Dismissal

D. Debt

NZF will consider cases for types of debt listed below.

Please note that your application will be sent to our partners at Debt Advice Hub who will advise on the debt solutions available to you. For your case to be considered, you must engage with Debt Advice Hub.

  • Credit Card/ Store Cards and Loans
  • Rent Arrears
  • Mortgage Arrears, only if there is an imminent threat of repossession
  • Enforceable Bill Arrears (eg- phone)
  • Utilities Arrears
  • Business Debts and HMRC

E. Emergency

  • Voluntary permanent return to country of origin

Ineligible applicants:

Unfortunately, NZF cannot support the following applicants due to the nature of their circumstances:

  • EU Nationals 
  • Non-Residents
  • No Recourse to Public Funds
  • Refused Asylum Seekers
  • Overstayers/Illegal Immigrants

You may find the following organisations helpful:

NRPF Network: Find out more.
Refugee Council: Find out more.
Refugee Action: Find out more.
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants: Find out more.

Repeat Applications

Essential Needs
Applicants may apply no more than twice for support with their essential needs in a 12-month period.

Other Needs
Applicants who have received a grant in the last 3 months will not be considered for support again until 3 months have passed.

Once 3 months have passed, repeat applicants will only be considered for support if their circumstances have changed and their support need is different.

Complaints and Feedback
NZF is committed to providing high- quality and fair service to all applicants. If, however, you are dissatisfied with your experience with NZF, please email We will endeavour to respond to your email in a timely manner.


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