Aims and Objectives:
The eight categories of individuals may receive the Zakat, Noble Quran (9:60)
- 1. A needy – Fuqara’
- 2. Extreme poor Muslim – Al-Masakin
- 3. Those employed to collect (zakat collectors)- Aamileen
- 4. Those whose hearts are to be reconciled – Muallafatul Quloob
- 5. To free the captives – Ar-Riqaab
- 6. Those in debt – Al Ghaarimeen
- 7. In the way of Allah – Fi Sabeelillah
- 8. Wayfarer – Ibnus-Sabeel
As a general rule, the recipient must be a Muslim living individual who does not possess wealth equal or an excess of a prescribed threshold amount (Nisaab) ,
These social institutes of the Sunnah, act as sinew, connecting and strengthening the community. They demonstrate unity and the interdependencies of the believers, empowering the community to overcome obstacles. They build capacity and social infrastructure into the community so it can deal with issues that affect them now and possibly in the future.
Currently there is a great need for these institutions in Nottingham, of which Community Aid is the first. ICN has identified three categories of people in need of financial help:-
1. Asylum and refugees
ICN working with Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (NNFR) has identified 60 destitute Muslims in the city, who have fallen through the gaps of the asylum process.
Many people are unaware that if an asylum case fails then the period between failure and appeal, the asylum seeker is denied any access to benefits that includes housing. As this is a legal process, it can take a period of months before an appeal case can be presented. This leaves many in a state of limbo, turning them into ghosts in the system.
There is an urgent need of assistance, as many are homeless and live in awful conditions, not even having any food to eat, please see video’s on the Islamic centre website.
Destitute asylum seekers whose claims have failed, and who have no other means of income (and are not allowed to work) are given £10 per month (£20 if they have severe health problems) by NNRF. Plus a choice of referral to the Saturday food group (gives them a shopping bag worth £7 of basic food supplies) or tickets entitling them to two hot meals a week in a community restaurant.
Community Aid would like to raise from Zakat £1200 (£100 per week for 12 weeks) per person, this will house, feed and cloth them for 3 months, making a total needed of £72,000. Thus providing valuable breathing space, allowing the people to sort out their cases.
Due to the negative portrayal of Islam, many new muslims (converts) especially the young or females, face hardship and discrimination from their family and friends, with some converts being forced onto the street. This in turn makes them reconsider their Islam.
These people fall into category 4 (Those whose hearts need to be reconciled). Community Aid would like to give these converts Zakat, allowing them a breathing gap to recover.
3. Students of scared knowledge
To have a sustainable Islamic community we need to become self reliant. Part of this is to have learned scholars of the sacred tradition. Gaining Islamic knowledge requires complete dedication of time and effort hence one has to sacrifice earning a living.
These people fall into category 7 (those in the way of Allah).We aim to take away some of the burden by giving Zakat to students from Nottingham.