Zakat (Alms Giving) is the 3rd Pillar of Islam. It has a clear and distinctive objective. It is often considered as a compulsory charity in Islam, one which everyone who claims they are Muslim MUST pay if they exceed the savings limit, set by God Almighty.
Every Muslim pays 2.5% of his or her surplus wealth to the poor every single year. The purpose of Zakat is to purify your wealth. Muslims cannot consume their earnings until they have paid the obligatory dues. So in short the sustenance you eat, earn or consume is not lawful until you have paid the due Zakat on it, which is 2.5% of the net surplus per annum.
Zakat is only supposed to be spent locally. In fact the Prophet Muhammad Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him, never sent any Zakat to foreign areas neither did he encourage it. The primary function of Zakat is to create Social Balance in the society where the money was earned, this is the way your wealth is then purified.
This year why not revive that forgotten Sunnah of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad PBUH and send your Zakat to Oldham’s Fourth Emergency Service, UKEFF.
You can make a one off Zakat payment or you could setup a direct debit and spread the payments across the year. You can see where your Zakat is being spent as we are based locally, you can be involved in the delivery of your Zakat through our Oldham Food Aid Hub.
Why not join hands with us this year and help us champion the work of the Prophets of God Almighty throughout time, by taking from the rich and distributing to the poor.
You can also go to our press page and read all about Zakat
I AM HUMAN CAMPAIGN
We were moved to Oldham having lived in a refuge for months.
UKeff helped us in so many ways, to find our way around, meet people and make friends.
Thank you for listening to us, being there when we needed a shoulder to cry on and helping us to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
We may still be down but you give us a reason to get up and smile everyday, the phone call is all we need to know someone somewhere close by cares.
Well done UKeff and we pray that they keep going and helping people like us who have no one in the foreign lands.
I Am HumanI AM HUMAN
I am Jamila, a single mother with three children. I had no recourse to public funds when my husband abandoned me. Ukeff have battled with the Home Office to get my benefits restriction lifted and then the benefits agency to help me claim benefits.
I have been working part time, despite having young children and Ukeff have supported me with YOUR Zakat to pay for my food and bills as I didn’t earn enough.
I have no family to support me and Ukeff have been my family.
Please keep your Zakat Local so they can continue to help other women like me.
I Am JamilaI AM HUMAN
“I AM Samer. I am a Syrian Refugee. I fled Syria leaving my family in a refugee camp, they have now joined me in the UK. We were given an empty property which housed my single bed and bedding. Ukeff˜ helped us make our benefits claim and gave us food & financial support until our benefits came through. They also provided beds, bedding, carpets, sofas, house-hold items cutlery and crockery. They found school places for our children and introduced us to other Syrian families so we could make friends. Keep your Zakat local, so Ukeff can support other families like ours, to make Oldham their new home”.
I Am SamerI AM HUMAN
“I AM Safina. I am a single mother with 4 children. I was suicidal when my husband left me in debt. Ukeff have supported me emotionally and financially. I am suffering from a brain tumour and have to travel by bus 3 times a week out of town for treatment, I cannot survive without this support. Keep Your Zakat Local so families like mine can be supported”.
I Am SafinaI AM HUMAN
“I AM Jameel. I was made homeless after my marriage broke down and I had to leave the family home. I had no savings and debt was crippling me and I could not afford my flat. I slept in the local park or at friends. I got £74 job seekers allowance a week, but after deductions I was left with £52, which I spent on takeaways. When money ran out I used to beg for food, or search bins for leftovers. Thankfully the Oldham Food Aid Hub has helped with hot meals and clothing. I have recently found a job with help from UKEFF to write my CV.
Keep your Zakat Local donate food and funds to the Oldham Food Aid Hub so people like me do not go without food and shelter.
I Am JameelI AM HUMAN
I Am HumanI AM HUMAN