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Our History

The National Zakat Foundation was established in 2011 when heartbreaking stories of Muslim women who were facing the effects of poverty came to our attention.

It was then that we began to collect Zakat and distribute it locally to support women’s housing projects, and to provide hardship grants for Muslim women in need.

Where we are today

Through what is now known as our Economic Empowerment Programme, NZF acts as a safety net for Muslims in need wherever we feel able to improve somebody’s long-term situation.

We cover basic essentials such as food, shelter, clothing and travel costs, as well as funding job training, covering legal costs and providing debt relief.

In 2018, we began to invest in leading institutions and emerging leaders – our future imams, scholars and community activists - who are dedicated to helping Islam in the UK flourish.

Our Leadership Investment Programme provides access to grants, mentoring support and funding that allows individuals to access education or other opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise be able to pursue.

We distributed over £3.4 million of Zakat in 2018

By 2018, we’d supported almost 10,000 individuals in poverty and given out over £10 million of Zakat in the UK.

Last year alone, we:

  • Distributed over £3.4 million of Zakat
  • Supported over 2,500 people in need
  • Assisted families affected by the Grenfell tragedy through the Grenfell Muslim Response Unit
  • Funded and supported the development of 30 emerging Muslim leaders in the UK
  • Supported 6 key projects and institutions including Cambridge Muslim College, Ramadan Tent Project, Abu Hanifah Foundation, Muslim Council of Britain and Federation of Student Islamic Societies


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