British Muslims: Your Zakat is Needed in the UK too

// August 7th, 2011 // Blog

Image Source: National Zakat Foundation.

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Alhamdulillah, many of us in the UK are blessed with sufficient wealth that we can pay our bills, send our kids to school, and eat our three meals a day. In the midst of these blessings, it's easy to forget that there are people struggling all around us. The poverty in this country is more hidden than that of overseas, and our government's system of benefits and social care – though a noble ideal – is not perfect, with spending cuts, and many people slipping through the net: especially refugees, a significant percentage of whom are Muslim.

Zakat is a sacred duty, and is not like regular charity that can be given to anyone who is in need, whatever their faith and circumstance. There are specific rules about who must pay, how much, and to whom*: one of those criteria is that priority must be given to the needy people in your own land before anyone else – your neighbours.

Therefore I encourage my fellow British Muslims to seek out such cases, and support those organisations that are working selflessly to make sure that you fulfill your duty to Allāh in the right way.

Two such charities that I know of are JIMAS (http://www.jimas.org/zakahappl.htm) and the newly formed National Zakat Foundation (http://www.letusbelieve.com/). Click through to their websites to read about the tragic cases of Muslims suffering in the UK, and how your Zakat will help them, inshā’Allāh.

True, there are many overseas causes that need our help, both in the 'homelands' of India and Pakistan, as well as in East Africa, Palestine, and so on. I strongly urge you to generously donate your sadaqah (voluntary charity) to charities that work in these areas: both to their emergency campaigns, and those working on long term development.

However, Zakat is special; it must be spent as Allāh commanded – and our Muslim neighbours have more right on us than those who are far away. This is a fact of Islam that cannot, and should not be ignored. So please spend your Zakat wisely, and encourage your families and friends to do the same.

The Messenger of Allāh, Peace Be Upon Him said, “The best of companions with Allāh is the one who is best to his companions, and the best of neighbours to Allāh is the one who is the best of them to his neighbour” 
[At-Tirmidhi]

May Allāh accept it from us. May He alleviate the suffering of those near and far, and make it easy to serve and obey Him in the way that best pleases Him. Āmīn.

* Download your FREE guide to Zakat today, as prepared by 1st Ethical: http://www.1stethical.com/2011/07/20/the-official-launch-of-our-free-zakah-ebook/

 

 

4 Responses to “British Muslims: Your Zakat is Needed in the UK too”

  1. Ammena Butt says:

    I wonder… do our families in other countries have more right than our neighbours close to us?? being family and everything

  2. iMuslim says:

    Salam Ammena! :)

    I pray that you’re well.

    I don’t have the knowledge to answer that question. I do know you can’t give Zakat to your spouse, parents, grandparents, children or grandchildren – but not sure about other family members. Family ties are very important, so I would make enquiries with people of knowledge.

    But I do know you don’t have to give your Zakah to just one person. You can split it up between different causes – especially if you have a lot to give, masha’Allah.

    Wa’salam

  3. […] my last post encouraging British Muslims to spend their Zakat in the UK, I am finally putting my money where my mouth […]

  4. When every I red this type of post I Feel sad for them who are waiting for our donations Zakats. InshAllah I will do something this time for these people.

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