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…
“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."
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.
18 October 2018
Muslim Aid pledges to safeguarding commitments at DFID hosted international summit to tackle sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in the aid sector
Muslim Aid today renewed its pledge to protect the vulnerable people it supports, their wider communities and any vulnerable staff members.
The Department of International Development’s safeguarding summit today was an opportunity for Muslim Aid to focus on its commitment to safeguarding and determination to fight abuse and exploitation in the international aid sector.
In the wake of the international charity safeguarding crisis which blew up in February 2018, the Charity Commission and safeguarding experts pledged to improve safeguarding standards across the sector.
DFID reached out to Muslim Aid as part of a sector wide process to provide information on a number of safeguarding issues it had dealt with over the years. Chief Executive Officer Jehangir Malik OBE attended a previous safeguarding summit on 5 March 2018, which led to today’s official commitments.
Muslim Aid is one of the 400 members of Bond, the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations working in international development. Since the Oxfam aid scandal, Bond’s members have worked to improve their safeguarding policies and practices, modelled on the best examples from the aid and the UK domestic sector.
Along with fellow Bond members, Muslim Aid is focusing on the safety and wellbeing of children and adults, especially in vulnerable situations. Muslim Aid will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment and will put the voices, rights and safety of whistle-blowers, victims and survivors first.
Muslim Aid is engaged and committed to safeguarding the vulnerable. We have:
The details announced today is the result of this work, which demonstrates how the NGO sector will drive forwards consistency and leadership on safeguarding.
The 12 commitments demonstrate that the sector is serious about improving the quality and consistency of its safeguarding practice.
The details of the 12 commitments can be found here
‘They gathered together, praying for those who’d just been pulled from the rubble.’
Muslim Aid’s Madiha Raza has just returned from the Palu city on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, epicentre of the recent tsunami, where she spent time with local people and saw how their faith inspires their resilience.
‘I was on an aid mission in Syria on September 28th when the 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Sulawesi. Reports of entire villages being flattened, followed by the terrifying 18 foot high waves flooded in. I knew I had to get there and see how we could assist. I’ve worked in a number of disaster zones, including Iraq, but was nervous about what I was going to witness.
“Just a few days later I got off the plane in Palu, one of the epicentres of the quake. As we drove through the city, the scenes were devastating. Entire sections of the city had been flattened, like a steam roller had run right over them. We stopped next to what looked like a huge rubbish tip with mounds of crushed houses. I walked through broken streets, wondering what people had been doing in their homes when the earthquake struck, and they had to run with their children for their lives. All around me I saw shreds of ordinary family life…… torn school books, broken cooking utensils, toys, and rags of clothes. I wondered what became of these people.
“I looked up and saw some military men carrying a body bag past me, the smell was unbearable and the reality that hundreds of people must be trapped under the mud and rubble still was all too real.
“Our team drove to the village of Balaroa, which had been destroyed by the tsunami. When we arrived, it was like an apocalypse: entire houses had been swallowed up by the ground, there was masses of debris everywhere. Locals gathered together, praying for those who’d just been pulled from the rubble. Further on, I saw people searching through rubble where their homes had stood, trying to recover anything that left. A young couple, 29 year old Hilda and Rahim, 30, told me ‘We were terrified when the earthquake struck and fled from our house. We have lost our parents and a sister, and now we’re looking for anything we can salvage [from the rubble].’
“That night, we camped next to the house of a local family, who said they were too scared to sleep inside their home, and shared their yard with us. It was a difficult night, and a reminder that all those we were serving would be living in these conditions for months to come, without proper shelter, sanitation facilities or food.
“The next day we headed to our food distribution in a displaced peoples’ camp in Donggala district. Muslim Aid distributed food packs of rice, oil, chickpeas and sardines as well as cartons of long life milk. Muslim Aid is also distributing clean drinking water, temporary shelters, hygiene kits, and installing latrines. We had an opportunity to play with the children in the camp who seemed happy to be distracted from the difficulties they’d been through. Their endearing laughs and smiles illustrated their resilience. We met Lewi Kai, 44, who was desperately hoping for news of his wife, who had been working in a restaurant destroyed by the quake. ‘I have a 21 year old son, and I told him to pray. What else can we do?’
“Muslim Aid has been working in Indonesia since 2004, we are specialists in Disaster Risk Management and are supporting great national partner NGOs on the ground. We will continue working in Indonesia, supporting communities in need and I’m proud we have been able to respond so quickly to this disaster.
“The tsunami death toll has now climbed to over 2,000, with another 10,600 injured. Around 5,000 people are still reported missing, and an estimated 75,400 have been internally displaced.
“Though I’ve travelled to various conflict and natural disaster zones previously, what struck me most about this situation was how accepting people were of their fate. I was taken aback by how calm and collected the survivors appeared, despite so many of them having lost numerous members of their families, their homes and their entire livelihoods. It seemed their faith had a huge part to play, many told me, ‘everything that happens comes from God, and we thank him that we are alive at least’. Their words, composure and positivity was a lesson I leant, and will never forget. If you look closely enough, you can find the stars shining even on the darkest nights. “
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Muslim Aid’s Fadlullah Wilmot and Sahedul Islam have just returned from Palu to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, where they continue supporting Muslim Aid’s national partner, YKMI (The Indonesian Muslim Humanitarian Foundation) and another local NGO, PKPU, to distribute life-saving food parcels and water to some of the most difficult to reach communities affected by the quake.
The water purification system is used to provide clean drinking water to internally displaced communities in the three affected districts of Palu, Donggala and Sigi. The system provides displaced adults and children access to 3 gallons of filtered water per minute or 14,400 litres per day, reducing chances of water-borne diseases amongst the densely packed communities living in tents and under tarpaulins.
‘We are very proud to have supported this initial emergency distribution through our national partner, so quickly’ says Wilmot, who is Muslim Aid’s temporary Indonesia Head of Mission. ‘This is the initial phase of our emergency response. We are looking at how to support some of the around 350,000 people whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed over the longer term’ he adds. ‘People currently staying with relatives or friends need to rebuild their lives and homes." In addition, transitional shelters will be provided, so that the affected people can live in dignity while rebuilding their homes and livelihoods.
When Wilmot, who worked with Muslim Aid during the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and earthquake as well as the Yogyakara earthquakes in 2006, first arrived in Donggala and Palu, he saw ruined houses lining the shore and entire villages destroyed. He was in the disaster area providing support to local partners, and witnessed several aftershocks that saw people running ‘helter skelter’ to escape. The quake death toll has now climbed to almost 2,000, with around 1,000 people reported missing and another 10,600 injured. The latest figure of internally displaced is 75,400.
Asif Sherazi, Muslim Aid’s Global Head of Humanitarian Programmes, emphasises Muslim Aid’s commitment to supporting Indonesians through its national partner. ‘Our country office will do everything possible to support, through our national and local partners, those who urgently need food, water, medicines, clothing, soap and other hygiene products’ he says.
Indonesia was the first country in the world to enact legislation enshrining in law the right of citizens to be protected from natural disasters and to be provided with support and relief afterwards. The national disaster agency, and the Indonesian Red Cross, sprang into action after the recent disaster and Muslim Aid is coordinating its response through YKMI.
Muslim Aid is specialised in disaster recovery and disaster risk reduction and has been working in Indonesia for more than 14 years, originally directly and now through YKMI.
Assistant International Accountant
2 Years Fixed-Term Contract
Hours per Week
£18,000 - £20,000
What you’ll be doing
Muslim Aid is looking for an Assistant International Accountant to join their team in the London office and work closely with the overseas finance teams.
Reporting to the International Finance Team Leader you will be responsible for assisting colleagues (including those within the International Programme Department team) in the preparation of budgets and monthly management accounts including international activities.
You will ensure all income and expenditure is recorded correctly in the accounts and in line with the approved budgets for the international projects. Working closely with budget holders this role will give you some exposure to finance business partnering as well as hand on accounting skills and analysis work.
This is a great opportunity to join a growing charity, where you will have exposure and involvement with the re-engineering of finance processes internationally which will be a real CV enhancing experience. How you communicate finance to a non-finance audience will be vital, as is a desire and passion to learn and develop your skills.
Who we are looking for:
The successful candidate will be working towards their accountancy qualification (ACA, CIMA or ACCA) and have 1-2 year’s experience of management accounts. Experience of the charity sector is not essential but is highly welcomed and you must be genuinely excited by the prospect of joining a world leading charity such as MA.
The ideal candidate will have experience working in an international organization, with an understanding of grant funded international work and relevant compliance requirements. They will have the ability to interpret financial information with sound organisational, interpersonal and presentation skills. Prior experience develop relationships across departments at multiple levels an in an international / multi-cultural organisation will be advantageous.
Please see the job description and person specification for detailed information about the skillset and experience we require.
How to apply
To apply please submit your cover letter (no more than 1 page) and CV to Recruitment@muslimaid.org