Hanifa was only 27 years old when she left her violent marriage. With a young baby to take care of and a home with no bed or kitchen appliances, she desperately needed support.

Here’s how your Zakat saved Hanifa and her daughter from unimaginable living conditions.

I was only in my 20s, and I was already homeless, separated from my husband, and a newly single mum to a young baby. My husband liked hitting me – a lot. It wasn’t safe for me or my daughter to stay with him, so I left and was moved into temporary accommodation.

By the grace of Allah, I was given a permanent place to live within a few short months, but the problem was: my new home was completely unfurnished. I couldn’t afford to buy any furniture or kitchen appliances myself as I relied on Universal Credit and Child Benefit.

I had a lot of anxiety about how we’d survive in a house with no bed, no fridge and no cooker. But then a friend of mine told me to get in touch with National Zakat Foundation (NZF) to see if they could help.

The NZF Housing Team reviewed my situation and approved my application for urgent support really quickly. They covered the cost of a cooker, a fridge freezer, a single bed and a washing machine, and they even had the items delivered and installed so I didn’t have to do any of the heavy lifting.

Your Zakat has given me and my daughter a stable life free from poverty and violence. Now that I have basic living essentials, I can start building the life I’d always imagined for us.

By giving Zakat through NZF’s Housing & Work fund, you help Muslims like Hanifa get out of difficult situations and into safe, affordable homes.

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