A veiled woman huddles on the roadside, arms outstretched, shivering with cold. Her last meal was lucky, a few scraps of bread taken from a roadside dustbin. Nothing surprising about this scenario perhaps except that this took place in Britain. There are Muslim men and women who live in this kind of poverty in England, unable to claim benefits, some having been kicked out of their homes upon conversion to Islam. We have all heard stories of converts in hardship and yet how many of us continue to give our Zakat abroad?
To combat this problem Mercy Mission have formed the National Zakat Foundation, an organisation which seeks to create self-sufficiency in the Muslim community and empower the poor. Following an assessment, applications may either receive short-term emergency funds or longer term assistance towards sustainable employment. Mercy Mission are currently recruiting energetic male volunteers to adopt their local masjid and raise awareness of this project. For more information or to donate visit nationalzakatfoundation.com