Background on the Aug. 4 Beirut Blast The Beirut death count from the Tuesday mega-blast of 2,750 tons of ignited ammonium...
Your ZAKAT is powerful. We use it as a vehicle for social change.
Our life’s work has been to channel the spirit of zakat into a global vision for giving. Rest assured that our resources are here to help you give your zakat where it can have the most impact.
What We Do
We help Muslims, and the charitable of every conviction, take the steep road — to carry out their Zakat and charity duties easily, correctly, and with maximum humanitarian impact by delivering their aid personally, swiftly and with dignity to the direly needful of our world — the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the thirsty, the stricken, the war-ravaged, the bereaved, and the dislocated.
Already on the ground in Beirut
We were there. We were just there. Two days before the two explosions, Zakat Foundation of America was on the ground in Lebanon, distributing food. And yet now, Lebanon needs food and other emergency relief supplies even more.
We heard the boom on our phones, televisions, computers — by then Beirut was already devastated. But within minutes of hearing the news, we dedicated $50,000 in emergency relief aid that is already on its way.
But we don’t want to stop there.
Zakat Foundation of America officials are on the ground assessing critical needs. We’ve been working in Lebanon for more than a decade, and we are going to continue to help, by God’s mercy.
“Our teams were giving fresh Udhiyah meat in Beirut on Eid al-Adha just days ago,” said Halil Demir, Zakat Foundation of America’s executive director. “Now, those same aid workers are seeing the destruction of the capital.”
Hospitals in Lebanon have been damaged and their staffs continue working to serve Beirut’s suffering, but they have already had to turn people away because they’ve surpassed capacity. Already stunted working to offset COVID-19’s effects, medicine, medical equipment and hospital accommodations are essential.
A Memorial Water Well for Our Three Winners
Tucked away between huts in Shihome, Kenya, a tribute wall surrounding the water well was hand-painted with the words: “Our Three Winners Deah, Yusor, & Razan.” In a home far from their own, where people spoke a language different than their own, their story was heard.
Read our latest story about the gift of water.
Orphans & Vulnerable Children
Your orphan sponsorship delivers food, education, and healthcare; but it delivers love, too. At 153 million worldwide, the staggering rise of orphans now equals nearly half the population of the United States.
For less than $2 a day or $50 a month, you can make a difference in the life of a vulnerable child. Your one-time payment of $600 covers a year of aid to a child in need.
Stories from the Zakat Foundation
9 Myths About Muslim Charities
Fear and mistrust surround Muslim charities in American society. This is neither natural nor an accident.
In this book are stories from Zakat Foundation of America’s founding director unraveling blatant myths and fallacies about Islam – and charity – from its defining sources, showing us what’s at stake if we continue to let partisans with self-serving agendas trick us into acting on these fears.
A critical read for all who work in, donate to, or concern themselves with the giving world.
Latest News & Stories
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