Lakemba The National Zakat Foundation (NZF) re-opened the doors to their frequently visited Zakat Centre on Thursday 27 July, located in the suburb of Lakemba, after undergoing major renovations.

Mr Jihad Dib, MP, the Labor Member from Lakemba cut the ribbons accompanied by Mr Ismail Davids, the National Manager of NZF.

The renovation of the Centre was made possible through the Community Building Partnership, an initiative of the NSW government that awards grants for community infrastructure projects.

Mr Dib discussed with Mr Davids and the NZF team, the various initiatives run by NZF to empower those in need in the local community. Many parallels were drawn between the common interests of the government and NZF in making our local community better and stronger

Ideas were exchanged between the attendees on how to tackle social issues such as family violence, affordable housing, education, unemployment, refugees, emergency relief, crisis accommodation and ex-offenders.

Some key findings included:

  • Community issues are not specific to any one nationality /culture.
  • 68% of those NZF assists are female.
  • Zakat is not just about receiving & distributing money; it’s about what programs we run with that money to empower those in need.

The event ended with a note of appreciation from both Mr Dib and the National Zakat Foundation team acknowledging the contribution that each makes to the community.

The National Zakat Foundation has been operating in Australia since 2013 and has assisted over 4,000 cases in need locally here in Australia.

You can visit their Zakat Centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide should you need any assistance with understanding & calculating your Zakat.

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