This Ramadan, at Zakat House, Zakat begins at home

August 9, 2011 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

By Mohammad Shakir

We have seen the plight of millions in East Africa affected by drought and famine. We remember that last Ramadan, Pakistan was besieged by floods leaving millions homeless.

Yes, international disasters are important and we should work hard to help them. But we can’t forget the many number of charities that are working on our doorstep here in the UK.

This Ramadan, Zakat House has selected five projects from five charities which work within England and Wales, within local communities helping people living here in the UK.

The five projects are:

Project 1 – Outside Line from Muslim Youth Helpline

Muslim Youth Helpline is working to reach out to 5,000 prisoners through Eid gifts containing support, information and advice (50% of the Muslim prison population)

They also want to raise awareness of their confidential helpline which prisoners can now call for free, enabling them to access practical and emotional support through a combination of listening and signposting.

Project 2 – Domestic violence support from Nour DV

Nour DV was launched in 2010 to help women that are affected by domestic violence. We will be raising funds to create a helpline for victims to gain guidance where they can receive emotional support.

Project 3 – School counsellor at Al–Noor Primary School

Al-Noor Primary School is a Muslim primary school based in east London. They are raising funds for a dedicated school counsellor that will help children with mental health difficulties.

Project 4 – Time to understand from the National Association of Muslim Police

We are working with the National Association of Muslim Police, who represents 2,000 members who work in police services around the UK to help increase understanding of Islam amongst different police services around the UK.

Project 5 – Coffee mornings for Muslim Revert Women – Solace

Solace is a support service for women who have reverted to Islam. We are fundraising to help them hold their coffee mornings where women can find support and a listening ear from volunteers.

These five projects help people within different communities around the UK. These causes are as important as those which are affecting people that are living abroad and must not be forgotten.

We will be focusing on them over the next few week and telling you all how they help communities in the UK.

Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him say what is righteous or keep silent. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him be kind to his neighbour. And whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him be generous to his guest.”

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