NZF Shelter Project: Birmingham’s first ever Muslim women’s shelter is a success

  National Zakat Foundation (NZF)and Trident Reach teamed up in 2013 to provide a faith sensitive project in response to the growing demand in the West Midlands and UK wide for such services.   The region is home to 376,152 Muslims, the largest population of UK Muslims outside London.  The shelter is a project that is funded by the community, for the community.   Through the work that has been accomplished, NZF not only been able to fulfil the rights of the needy, but in the process it has also managed to demonstrate the significant impact of distributing Zakat locally, in line with Prophetic tradition.   The motivation for setting up specialised shelters emerged from disturbing reports on Muslim women in the UK sleeping rough on park benches or turning to prostitution to feed their children.   NZF partners at Trident Reach also recognised the need to deliver a service that met the needs of Muslim women in making their services more accessible and breaking down the barriers for those who would not otherwise have the courage to leave the harmful or dangerous environments that they are in.   To access the service, women can either self-refer into the shelter, or contact us through any of our referral partners, including Women’s Aid and Birmingham City Council.   The Muslim women’s shelters provide a safe haven for destitute women who have nowhere to turn in times of desperate need. Residents at the Birmingham shelter have come from a range of backgrounds, including women originating from Europe, North Africa, South East Asia, the Caribbean as well as White British women. The...

‘Muslim Aid’ Joins Hand with ‘His Church Charity’

‘Muslim Aid’ Joins Hand with ‘His Church Charity’ Massive Humanitarian works are carried out by Muslim Aids in war torn regions, especially Iraq   In an incredible display of interfaith cooperation and humanitarian partnership, Muslim Aidm headquartered in London joined hands with His Church Charity UK as part of a relief drive to look after and care for the homeless people.   The joint venture was in part to promote The Warm Hearts Winter Campaign by Muslim Aid. It has been an enormous success and continues to get massive amounts of support from local communities.   An estimated 30,000 people died in the UK last year due to cold weather. This is a huge loss of life that could have been avoided, which is why Muslim Aid initiated the Warm Hearts Winter Campaign. As part of the campaign, people donate warm clothing and blankets to homeless people and the elderly. They also provide them with easy to consume edibles to keep them full and warm during the chilly weather. The goal is to help them survive the winter season so they can welcome summer with open arms.   By teaming with His Church Charity UK, Muslim Aid was able to reach more people in different communities and regions within the United Kingdom.   Together, both organizations visited various homeless support centers in different communities and distributed sleeping bags to the homeless. The venture was a huge success.   Already, the two organizations are in line to work with Streetlytes UK where they will provide winter warm kits to homeless and to all those who need it.   Besides the...

Muslim Groups are Putting Their Faith in Food Banks to Help the Poor

Ali Jawad, a 22-year-old business student and regular volunteer at a Muslim food bank in London, sees a constant stream of people picking up packaged goods to feed themselves over the next five days. Food banks in the UK are overwhelmingly operated by church-affiliated groups, including the 421 outlets run by Christian charity, the Trussell Trust. Yet Sufra, meaning “come to the table” in Arabic, is one of a growing number of Muslim organizations also attempting to tackle food poverty....

Muslims Give Most to Charities

Muslims ‘Give Most To Charity’, Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds Muslims give more to charity than other religious groups, new research suggests. At almost £371 each, Muslims topped the poll of religious groups that give to charity. When they donated last year, atheists averaged £116, The Times reported (£). The ICM poll found that Jewish donors gave an average of £270 per person. Roman Catholics averaged just over £178, Christians just under £178 and Protestants £202. According to the poll of 4,000, carried out in conjunction with the JustGiving website, nearly four in 10 atheists did not donate at all, compared to three in ten Muslims, Catholics and other Christians, nearly three in ten Protestants and more than four in ten Jewish people. JustGiving said a growing number of Muslims were making their charitable donations online. Zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam, is the compulsory giving of a proportion of one’s wealth to charity. JustGiving said religious charities such as Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief benefited most, but many donations also went to the likes of Cancer Research, Macmillan and the British Heart Foundation. Zarine Kharas, chief executive of JustGiving, told The Times: “Our data shows many of Britain’s Muslim communities are at the forefront of digital giving, driving an increase in zakat donations.” Farooq Murad, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “It highlights the true spirit and reality of Islam in Britain, in caring not just for the community but also humanity at large and supporting national causes.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/07/21/muslims-give-most_n_3630830.html The Huffington Post UK | Posted: 21/07/2013 12:48 BST | Updated: 03/10/2013 15:58...