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Islamic-American Zakat Foundation

"Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity." --Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)

We assess, collect and distribute mandatory (ZAKAT) and voluntary (SADAQA) Islamic charity primarily to assist the poor and needy in America and seek to help them attain self-sufficiency.

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Why should I support your work?

To fulfill Islamic obligations to help the less fortunate in a manner that helps people to help themselves.

By supporting the Islamic American Zakat Foundation, you will be directly helping hundreds of individuals and families who are struggling.  You will be helping people in concrete, immediate ways -- helping them keep their homes by paying a month's rent, helping them keep their heat on and feed their children -- we provide direct support to hundreds of people each year. 

You will also be helping people overcome the problems that have contributed to their immediate needs.  Through our Medina program, a trained case manager helps the people we support better understand the changes they need to make in their lives and develop a plan that will allow them to make these changes.  We then stay with them as they make these changes. 

By supporting the work of Islamic American Zakat Foundation, our many successes will be your successes.  Thank you. 

Why does your charity exist?

To facilitate the obligation to help other people in need.

What specifically do you do?

Provide financial aid to the poor and needy in the U.S. for housing, utilities, transportation, medicine, etc., while providing counseling and referrals to help then to become self-sufficient.  Here are some of the people we have helped recently:

  • The mother of two we saved from eviction with a $700 grant after her savings were exhausted when she spent months in the hospital after being abandoned by her abusive husband.
  • The underemployed mother of a 17-month-old daughter for whom we paid $375 for rent and $278 for utilities after her recent divorce and child care expenses left her stuck with overdue bills.
  • The divorced mother of two sons we saved from eviction after a work interruption due to illness by paying $700 in rent.
  • The unemployed homeless single mother of five for whom we paid $649 to move her into a new home pending the start of a new job next month.
  • The widowed mother of a 5-year-old boy whose $573 rent we paid after she lost time at work due to major back surgery.
  • The unemployed woman and her son whose eviction was prevented when we paid $650 in rent after an accident caused her to lose her job.
  • The unemployed divorced mother of two from saved from an electricity cutoff when we paid $400 for her power bill.
  • The single mother of an 8-year-old girl for whom our $675 allowed them to relocate after she had been forced to vacate her old residence.
  • The recent divorcee abandoned by her husband who left her stuck with $825 in overdue rent we paid.


How will this make a difference?

Keeps families housed and provided with essential services while they follow programs we help them design to get their life on track.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

We use the offers of financial help as leverage to get people to attend to the underlying deep needs behind their financial crises.

What have you accomplished?

We have kept thousands of families housed and provided with essential services like power, heat, water, transportation, etc. and guided dozens of families to become self-sufficient.


How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

We attempt to abide by the highest Islamic moral standards as well as the Justice Department's "best practices", are audited annually, distribute grants to as large a number of people as is consistent with efficacy, minimize general overhead (so far consistently under 10%), and have a board of directors that is culturally, racially and ethnically diverse and that is elected directly by our membership of volunteers and donors.