Islamic Relief UK partner with NZF to support local Muslims facing cost of living hardship
Thursday 31st March, 2022
Islamic Relief will help approximately 440 people with a £100,000 boost to NZF’s Hardship Relief Fund, helping successful applicants to NZF pay for essentials such as food and heating.
A record number of Muslims are seeking hardship relief due to the rising cost of living. Requests for help to NZF have soared by 70% over the last twelve months. NZF gives out grants from Zakat collected from British Muslims to those in our communities who are in need, here in the UK.
Islamic Relief UK have responded by donating £100,000 towards NZF which will help 440 people, especially with the holy Islamic month of Ramadan approaching.
The rising cost of living, the effects of the pandemic as well as the situation in Ukraine have all contributed to a devastating situation for families, many of who will be struggling to put food on the table and choosing between eating and household bills.
The unprecedented demand for support from NZF reflects the statistics by Muslim Census, which stated that the Muslim community in the UK has fallen into poverty at a rate of 10 times higher than the national average.
The report also revealed that job losses among Muslims have been six times greater compared to the rest of the population since the pandemic began and that 42% of the Muslims surveyed have had to use their savings to cover their expenses during the pandemic. This compares to a recent study by AJ Bell, an established investment platform, that recorded that 30% of people in the UK have had to use their savings.