Zakat is a pillar of Islam, its regular payment being the single most important act in the life of a Muslim after the five daily prayers.
The National Zakat Foundation is a ground-breaking initiative in Australia which aims to utilise Zakat funds and voluntary donations collected in Australia for the benefit of local, deserving recipients.
This group includes some of the most vulnerable members of our community, including widows, orphans, refugees, the aged as well as the homeless.
NZF covers five core areas that together form an end-to-end service for the Muslim community in Australia with respect to Zakat: Awareness, Education, Calculation, Collection and Distribution.
“In the beginning we had to often answer the claim that there were no needy Muslims here in Australia. With our case numbers at 1197 in less than two years and our work has touched the lives of over 4000 Muslims, the picture is very clear”, said Ismail Davids, the National Manager of NZF.
If and when you pay your Zakat this Ramadan, remember that you are not only completing the most important pillar in Islam after the five daily prayers; you are also engaging in a beautiful act of purification.
Ismail Davids stated, “At NZF we pride our self on values of Trust, Transparency, Compassion and Professionalism and it is our goal that in the near future the NZF trademark will become synonymous for Muslim welfare with all local communities, Government and non-Government sectors, insha Allah.”
NZF takes care of the Zakat payer as well as the receiver, as the payers needs to understand their responsibility they have in front of Allah on the Day of Judgment about this ‘forgotten’ pillar. Hence they have created a series of guides, experts and online calculator that can help you determine your Zakat payments.
NZF comprehensive Zakat management system includes:
The collection and distribution of Zakat funds to eligible recipients in the Muslim community.
Launching campaigns to raise awareness about the importance and role of Zakat, with the ultimate aim of increasing the level of Zakat consciousness in the Australia.
Running education programs to deepen the level of knowledge about Zakat and its rulings.
To learn more about how you can put your Zakat into action on your doorstep visit www.nzf.org.au, or call 1300 663 729 to donate today.