“Zakah is for the poor and for the needy, and for those employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together, and for freeing captives, and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the traveler – an obligation by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise.”
– Surah Al Tawbah, verse 60.
C harity is an important tenant of the Islamic faith. It is an obligation on financially capable Muslims to assist the poor and contribute to the alleviation of poverty.
The MIA facilitates for members of the Muslim community the fulfillment of their Zakat and charitable obligations through the Takaful (social solidarity) program. We collect Zakat (obligatory charity), Fitra (Ramadan charity), Kaffarah (expiation), Nathr (oaths and pledges) and general Sadaqah (charity) and distribute them to local needy Muslims and beyond. The committee can also assist donors in the distribution of sacrificial meat (qurbani/udhiya, aqiqah, etc.).
Those seeking financial assistance must submit a confidential application and a detailed letter describing their circumstances. The Takaful committee reviews all applications and decides on the appropriate level of assistance. The committee review process is confidential and is independent of the MIA administration. The review process may take up to 3 weeks. The Takaful committee also assists recipients with financial planning and management of their financial resources.