UK Muslims: Zakat Begins at Home
// July 29th, 2013 // Blog
If you owe Zakat and are based in England*, here are a few charities that distribute Zakat locally as is encouraged by the Sunnah:
- National Zakat Foundation – http://nzf.org.uk/
- JIMAS – http://www.jimas.org/zakahappl.htm
- My Community UK – http://mcuk.org.uk
- Amirah Foundation – http://amirahfoundation.org/
- SOLACE – http://www.solaceuk.org/
NZF partners with many UK charities including some of those listed above, so if you just want to give to one place, I recommend them. But really, you can't go wrong with any of the charities listed inshā’Allāh. Allahu 'Alam.
Please clearly state that your donation is Zakat so that the money can be spent appropriately.
If you pay Income Tax, then don't forget to select Gift Aid (or email the charity a completed form) so that 25% can be added to the donation.
*I say England rather than UK, as admittedly I do not know whether these charities work in Scotland, Wales or N.Ireland. If you are based in these areas, please do your best to find local cases or charities for your Zakat. [31/07/2013, Update] My Community UK does provide the option to distribute Zakat in various UK regions, including Scotland and Wales.