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Zakat Facts

Zakat Facts

The concept of Zakat entails donating a portion of your wealth to those in need. In a very basic sense, it essentially that Muslims look out for one another; particularly those brothers and sisters who are in need. It serves as a means to create awareness among Muslims about the state of the Muslim Ummah (the Muslim community); to unite brothers and band them together to come to the aid of those in need.

Important Zakat Facts

Below we will highlight a few key facts pertaining to Zakat. We believe our readers will find them informative and useful in ensuring they fulfil this Obligation of Islam the right way with the best of intention.

Did you know that…

  • Zakat is one of five Pillars of Islam. To be precise, it is the third pillar after the Shahadah (Testimony of Faith) and Salat (Obligatory Prayer)
  • The literal meaning of Zakat is purification. Here, to give Zakat implies purifying your wealth and soul by giving a portion of your wealth to those in need.
  • The word Zakat appears in the Holy Quran a total of 32 times.
  • Allah (S.W.T) has made Zakat compulsory on all Muslims instructing them to perform Salat and pay Zakat many times in the Holy Quran.
  • This message is explicitly clear in Surat Al-Muzammil:

 

And establish regular prayers and give regular charity; and loan to God a beautiful loan. And whatever good ye send forth for your souls, ye shall find it in God's presence, Yea, better and greater in reward and seek ye the grace of God: for God is most forgiving, Most Merciful."

 

  • Being a fundamental pillar of Islam, Zakat is compulsory on every sane adult Muslim man or woman whose net yearly savings meet or exceed the Nisaab values.
  • Zakat amounts to 2.5% of all net savings. This includes cash in hand, bank savings, bonds, and other objects of monetary value.
  • Jewellery and gold are not exempt from Zakat. Therefore, their worth must be factored into total yearly savings.
  • Items for personal use are exempt from Zakat. This includes your house, cars and clothing.
  • Zakat is compulsory on every able bodied Muslim including those who are not employed as long as their net yearly savings meet or exceed the Nisaab Values.
  • There is a clear difference between Zakat and Zakat-ul-Fitr. The latter is due on all Muslims, period. The former applies to only those who meet Nisaab values.
  • Zakat is given to the poor and the needy. This includes people in debt.
  • The Zakat amount can be broken down into different quantities and be given to multiple charities.
  • Zakat is due on adults and as such children are exempt from Zakat.

The underlying goal of this information is to introduce the concept of Zakat to everyone. Paying Zakat is also a means of creating a spiritual connection with Allah (S.W.T) which is absolutely integral and important to being a good Muslim. It also provides Muslims with the opportunity to get involved in the community and play their part for its betterment and wellbeing. It is a noble cause.

It is absolutely imperative for parents to educate their children early on about the concept of Zakat and its importance in Islam. They should be reminded that Zakat just like Salat and Sayam (fasting) is Fardh (compulsory) on all able Muslims.

Muslim Aid is a non-profit relief aid and development organisation working in different parts of the world in an effort to assist the needy in every capacity and to get them back on their feet. Part of our goal is to create awareness about the religious obligation of Zakat among the Muslim community. With that being said, we hope that this information will prove to be helpful and insightful and it will encourage Muslims to pay Zakat graciously and generously this year, come Ramadan.

  • 23 Jan 2019 update Director of Fundraising and Communications

    Title

    Director of Fundraising and Communications

    Employment Type

    Permanent

    Contract Type

    Full Time

    Hours per Week

    35

    Salary

    Competitive

    Location

    London

    Application Deadline

    22/02/2019

    Who we are:

    Muslim Aid is a British, faith-based international development organisation that provides support to communities around the world affected by disasters, conflict or endemic poverty without regard to their social, religious, or ethnic background.

    What you’ll be doing:

    The Director of Fundraising & Communications  is a key member of Muslim Aid’s leadership team with responsibility for developing our fundraising, marketing and communications strategy and overseeing all marketing activities across the organisation. 

    This leader will be responsible for raising and growing revenue, will design and implement a sustainable development strategy to increase philanthropic revenue from a diverse portfolio of supporters across the UK.  The Director will mentor and lead a team of fundraisers to achieve ambitious revenue and renewal goals year over year, while delivering excellent stewardship experiences for our supporters.

    In particular, the post holder will take overall responsibility for:

    • Fundraising leadership in order to increase and diversify revenue.
    • Marketing and Communications leadership ensuring we meet our organisation strategic priorities, in addition to our goals for awareness and supporter engagement.
    • Planning, budgeting and developing the communications and fundraising function
    • Promoting effective and collaborative team working and a culture of professionalism, learning and development.
    • Leading the development and implementation of a 3-year fundraising and communications strategy to support our ambition of significantly increasing voluntary income.  This will include key activities, areas of required investment, KPIs and milestones as well as the projected growth of fundraising income.

    Who we are looking for:

    We are looking for an exceptional leader who has extensive experience of leading a team, planning and implementing operational plans preferably in both the charity and commercial sector.

    You will have experience of setting and meeting income targets and extensive experience at a senior level in fundraising as well as managing major donors and securing and managing corporate partnerships. You will have a deep understanding and experience of developing community fundraising events, developing direct mail, particularly committed giving and experience of trust fundraising.

    The post holder will have well-honed skills, a positive attitude, and possess the ability to thrive in a high-energy, fast-paced and entrepreneurial organization as part of a collaborative, cross-matrixed and committed team. 

    How to apply:

    To apply please submit your cover letter (no more than 1 page) and CV to Recruitment@muslimaid.org

     

    Muslim Aid’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults in our care/employment. Successful candidates will be expected to undergo a DBS check (Basic, Standard or Enhanced depending on the role). In addition, all successful candidates for finance roles will undergo an Experian Credit Check

     

  • 23 Jan 2019 update Programme Manager - Myanmar

    Location: Sittwe, Rakhine, Myanmar

    Duration of Assignment: One year with possible extension

    Report to: Head of Programmes

    Salary: 30,000 - 35,000 USD gross per annum

    Application Closing: Sunday, 3rd February 2019

    Who we are?

    As part of the Muslim Aid’s global operations, The MA-UK Myanmar Country office was established following the inter-communal violence in Rakhine State in 2012. Since then the country office has been providing support to communities in Myanmar that are affected by disasters, conflict or endemic poverty without regard to their social, religious, or ethnic background. MA-UK Myanmar is currently working in Rakhine State, Yangon, Mandalay Division, Shan State including most-recent expansion in Kachin and Chin State. The country office serves over 300 thousand people through our programs that include healthcare, maternal and child health and nutrition, sustainable livelihood and economy empowerment, water and sanitation, education and disaster risk reduction.

    What you’ll be doing:

    We are looking to recruit an experienced and talented Programme Manager (PM) to manage and co-ordinate the effective and efficient development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all MA-UK Myanmar’s programmes and projects, ensuring that these respond to current development and humanitarian trends. They will be responsible for ensuring the elaboration and implementation of the humanitarian response strategy, operational plans and Programme budget. They will be expected to raise organisational profile amongst all stakeholders and build positive working relationships in the country and abroad. The PM will be required to spend considerable time in the field leading, supporting and developing the project and programme teams.

    Amongst other duties in this role you will:

    • In coordination with technical Team, build the capacity of staff in key project management principles, tools and approaches and ensure that these new skills are utilized on the job.
    • Prepare and implement fit for purpose periodic work plans and budgets, and assist the Head of Programmes in developing and implementing country strategy and objectives.
    • Effectively lead the programme team and coordinate between programmes/projects in order to develop, finalise and closely monitor programme work plans and budgets, ensuring that all activities are appropriately budgeted and that costs are kept within agreed budgets.
    • Ensure the delivery of MA-UK Myanmar’s country programme with demonstrable positive impact, ensuring that programmes meet overall quality and learning standards, and implementation is adapted promptly to security developments in the country.
    • Work closely with the MEAL Manager to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities are planned and undertaken as part of all programmes/project implementation, and that evidence of impact is documented and disseminated to relevant stakeholders.
    • Work closely with the Head of Programmes to diversify funding sources for ongoing activities and new programmes through developing existing or new relationships with donors and other key partners.

     Why you’ll be hired

     The ideal candidate will have:

    • Relevant degree level education from recognized university in development, economics, agriculture, management, or any other relevant subject or demonstrable equivalent experience.
    • Proven experience in leading, developing and implementing development and humanitarian programmes, in education, Livelihoods, Water-sanitation, DRR, child protection and climate change in Myanmar and/or in the region.
    • Proven experience of leading, managing and supervising a diverse programme teams including distance management.
    • Professional proficiency in written and spoken English with excellent interpersonal and communication skills

     Please read the Job Specifications attached for full details on the requirements of the role.

    Why you should apply:

    This will be a challenging role with lots of autonomy working in a fast-paced and busy environment. If you have the drive and passion to be our Programmes Manager in Myanmar, then please send us your CV with a cover letter and submit them to hr@mauk-myanmar.org with email subject: Programmes Manager

    Our office address: MAUK-Myanmar Country Office, No.73(A-1), Pyay Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar

    Phone: 01-225082 

    This role is an unaccompanied placement and relocation costs will be covered.

    MA-UK Myanmar’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults in our care/employment. Successful candidates will be expected to undergo a background check (with your consent).

  • 18 Jan 2019 update Programme Support Assistant

    Title

     Programmes Support Assistant  

    Employment Type

     6 Months Fixed-Term Contract

    Contract Type

    Full Time

    Hours per Week

    35

    Salary

    £17,000 - £20,000

    Location

    London

    Application Deadline

    17/02/2019

    Who we are:

    Muslim Aid is a British, faith-based international development organisation that provides support to communities around the world affected by disasters, conflict or endemic poverty without regard to their social, religious, or ethnic background. 

    What youll be doing: 

    The International Programmes Department (IPD) is a large, busy, multi-functional team at the heart of the work of Muslim Aid in the UK and internationally.  The Programmes Support Assistant will support the administrative work of the International Programmes Team.  

    As a Programmes Support Assistant, you will provide overall support and assist the team to achieve its objectives by ensuring effective, efficient and quality administrative assistance including, but not limited to: 

    1. Compiling and producing regular content from successful programmes for web and internal stakeholders.  

    1. Leading on departmental efforts to systematically compile programme data from Country Offices  

    1. Providing programme and administrative assistance to other regions as required including support with the development and production of project proposals. 

    1. Maintaining and updating the Status report file including all relevant documents such as, field reports, centrally agreed documents, case studies etc. 

    1. Supporting with drafting and circulating meeting agendas, attending meetings and note-taking, circulating minutes and papers to the department. 

    1. Supporting on administrative needs for programme events such as workshops and training. 

    1. Supporting the monitoring and capturing of MA Country Office budget income and expenditure requirements  

    Why you’ll be hired:

    You will have knowledge of office systems and practice as well as an understanding of due diligence. You will have solid administrative experience and a genuine interest in international development. You will be flexible, conscientious and confident in your work with the desire and competence to have a positive input into the smooth running of the department. You will be able to work autonomously but crucially as part of a larger fast-paced team. 

    Why you should apply: 

    The role is an exciting opportunity for someone with a genuine interest in international development to gain grounding and unique insights into a career in this field. 

    The role sits within a supportive and knowledgeable team and will allow you to communicate with people at all levels both nationally and internationally. 

    To apply please submit your cover letter (no more than 1 page) and CV to Recruitment@muslimaid.org 

     

    Muslim Aid’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults in our care/employment. Successful candidates will be expected to undergo a DBS check (Basic, Standard or Enhanced depending on the role). In addition, all successful candidates for finance roles will undergo an Experian Credit Check

  • 18 Jan 2019 update International Programmes Internship – Middle East

    Title

    International Programmes Internship - Middle East

    Employment Type

     3 Months Internship

    Contract Type

    Full-Time/Part-Time

    Salary

    Up to £15 Expenses Covered 

    Location

    London

    Application Deadline

    03/02/2019

    About Muslim Aid: 

    Muslim Aid is a British, faith-based international development organisation that provides support to communities around the world affected by disasters, conflict or endemic poverty without regard to their social, religious, or ethnic background.

    About the role:

    We are looking for a full-time or part-time Programme Intern to join our Middle East team, based in London. The internship will ideally be for three-month period, starting in January/February 2019.

    This is an excellent opportunity for either a student or graduate seeking a career in development and humanitarianism to gain solid experience and develop their skills. Muslim Aid work in the Middle East region.

    She/he will assist the small Middle East team in the implementation of wide range of projects, including:

    1. Conducting research on facts/data on Middle East Countries to highlight main humanitarian and development needs.
    2. Project Location Mapping (possibly alongside Proposal Summaries).
    3. Researching funding trends for Middle East.
    4. Creating a master sheet for Middle East partners.
    5. Reviewing project proposals and budgets
    6. Attending Middle East weekly meetings and Departmental meetings as appropriate.
    7. Communicating with other departments (e.g. Finance, HR, Fundraising...etc) as needed.
    8. Supporting in developing the Middle East Strategy.

    As an Intern you will be well supported throughout and integrated into the staff team.

    About you:

    The successful candidate will be self-motivated and enthusiastic about development and humanitarian work in general and in the Middle East in particular. You will hold or be working towards a relevant degree or post-grad qualification.

    Travel and lunch expenses will be reimbursed according to Muslim Aid volunteer expenses policy.

    To apply please submit your cover letter (no more than 1 page) and CV to Recruitment@muslimaid.org

    Muslim Aid’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults in our care/employment. Successful candidates will be expected to undergo a DBS check (Basic, Standard or Enhanced depending on the role). In addition, all successful candidates for finance roles will undergo an Experian Credit Check

  • 17 Jan 2019 update Social Media Coordinator

    Title

    Social Media Coordinator 

    Employment Type

    Permanent

    Contract Type

    Full Time

    Hours per Week

    35

    Salary

    £27,000 - £34,000

    Location

    London

    Application Deadline

    16/02/2019

    Who we are:

    Muslim Aid is a British, faith-based international development organisation that provides support to communities around the world affected by disasters, conflict or endemic poverty without regard to their social, religious, or ethnic background.

    What you’ll be doing:

    This is an exciting opportunity to be responsible for Muslim Aid’s Social Media accounts e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and LinkedIn in order to promote Muslim Aid’s profile. This role will work closely with the rest of the marketing team to design and execute marketing strategies with the aim of raising the profile of Muslim Aid's fundraising campaigns.

    Amongst other duties this role will:

    1. Update and maintain Muslim Aid’s social media accounts with relevant, engaging, innovative text, image and video content
    2. Design posts to sustain readers’ curiosity and create buzz around new campaigns and programmes
    3. Research audience preferences and understand current trends keeping up to date with all social media good practice, ethical and legal guidelines and implement accordingly
    4. Build brand presence across all social channels – increasing relevant followers by creating and implementing initiatives that make effective use of social media.
    5. Encourage conversions to Muslim Aid’s website and donation landing pages

    Who we are looking for:

    This role will suit someone who is passionate about promoting humanitarian and development issues through the use of social media.  You will need to be able to articulate complex messages in compelling ways to generate support from the public.

    The ideal candidate will have:

    a)    Proven work experience as a Social media coordinator.

    b)    Expertise in multiple social media platforms.

    c)    In-depth knowledge of SEO, keyword research and Google Analytics.

    d)    Experience of content writing for marketing and communication purposes.

    How to apply:

    To apply please submit your cover letter (no more than 1 page) and CV to recruitment@muslimaid.org

    Muslim Aid’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults in our care/employment. Successful candidates will be expected to undergo a DBS check (Basic, Standard or Enhanced depending on the role). In addition, all successful candidates for finance roles will undergo an Experian Credit Check

    • Social Media Coordinator