Ramadan is finally upon us, and in this blessed month, our community shines like a bright star with Salah, Sawm (fasting), Zakat, Sadaqah and countless other good deeds. In this month, we catch a glimpse of how much potential we have as a community to transform our own lives, the lives of our loved ones, our community, and the entire Muslim Ummah as a whole.
In this month, the generosity of our community and the power of Zakat are made clear through the unparalleled surge in donations compared to other months. For us at NZF, one Sahabi (companion) in particular stands out, exemplifying how Zakat can transform an entire community and eradicate poverty. That Sahabi is none other than Muadh ibn Jabal who transformed Yemen into a vibrant, financially-strong region under his rule.
Umar رضي الله عنه admonished his governor in Yemen, Muadh ibn Jabal رضي الله عنه after he had sent him one-third of the Zakat of Yemen:
“I have not sent you as a tax-collector, but to take from the rich and give to the poor.”
Muadh رضي الله عنه answered him:
“I would not send you anything had I found somebody to take it from me.”
In the second year, Muadh رضي الله عنه sent half the Zakat of Yemen and in the third year, he sent all the Zakat of Yemen to Umar رضي الله عنه in Madinah telling him that he did not find any single person to accept the collected Zakat.
[Narration 1912 (p. 710), Kitab al-Amwal of Imam Abu ‘Ubayd al-Qasim ibn Sallam]
At NZF, we believe that Zakat is a tool to bring love between hearts, transform lives, and build a strong, God-conscious community. As Mu'adh's story shows, it is possible to attain a balanced, smoothly-functioning society through the correct use and distribution of Zakat, and by working diligently to serve Zakat Payers and Recipients, we hope to achieve the same in Canada one day inshaAllah.
At the moment we are assisting people experiencing the worst of circumstances across the country. Did you know that for us to help someone with Zakat they have to possess less than approximately $400 (depending on the silver Nisab value)? Despite this, we have distributed over $2 Million of Zakat across many towns and cities in the past years.
I would like to sincerely thank you all for your unrelenting support of the National Zakat Foundation over the years and encourage you to continue supporting us in our cause. As has always been the case, we will do our best to make sure your Zakat goes to deserving, Islamically-eligible recipients of Zakat and make a positive impact on the lives of those who live with us in our community.
I pray you all have a blessed month of Ramadan. May Allah forgive you and your families and accept all your good deeds.
JazakAllahu Khairan (May Allah bless you with Good)