Zakat Inspired is a project for local zakat collection and distribution in New Jersey and nationwide. Individuals and institutions can relieve their zakat obligations by contributing directly to Zakat Inspired.
Zakat Inspired ensures that all funds are collected and distributed in strict accordance with the traditional Islamic laws related to this matter. Our Zakat Distribution Policy has been rigorously reviewed and ratified by our Zakat Executive Council–an independent body of scholars in Islamic jurisprudence. The Policy has also been approved by several local and national scholars around the country.
Zakat Inspired also ensures that funds are distributed locally in keeping with the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (صل الله عليه وسلام) that the poor of a community should benefit from the wealthy of that community. All too often, we have seen that zakat funds from the U.S. make their way overseas while the needy Muslims in the U.S. are left with nothing. Zakat Inspired has a strict intake and authentication process to make sure that individuals receiving zakat funds are eligible.
Zakat Inspired also aims to enforce very tight financial controls in addition to transparency and accountability. Our Policy has a measures for internal and external audits and several checks and balances to ensure that zakat funds are NEVER misused.
Backed by World-Renowned Scholars
Numerous scholars have contributed to the development of our Zakat Policy. We would like to acknowledge the following for dedicating much time and effort towards our operational & disbursement policy.
Our zakat fund ensures full shariah compliance and adheres to the most noble aspirations of the sacred law. Mufti Nayef Patel is currently the lead scholar of our advisory council.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani – Founder SeekersGuidance / Partner & Legal Advisor – Straight Way Ethical Advisory
Shaykh Taha Abdul-Basser – Founder & Managing Partner, Straightway Ethical Advisory
Mufti Nayef Patel – Imam – Masjid Umar bin Khattab (Michigan)
Shaykh Rami Nsour – Tayba Foundation
Imam Tahir Anwar – Imam at Islamic Center of San Jose / Zaytuna College Instructor
Pillar of Islam
According to the Holy Qur’an:
Zakat is for the poor and the needy; and those who collect them; for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled; and to free the captives and the debtors; and for the cause of Allah and for the wayfarer; a duty ordained by Allah; and verily Allah is All Knowing, All Wise.
Surah At-Tawba, Verse 60
The definition of zakat is that it is:
Transferring ownership of an amount of material wealth specified by the Lawgiver to a poor Muslim who is not Hashimi nor their client, without material benefit returning to the giver in any way, for the sake of Allah Most High.
Tumurtashi, Tanwir al-Absar