National Zakat Foundation

Your Trusted Zakat Partner

Since 2013, our mission has been to make the pillar of Zakat simple, transparent, and impactful across Canada.
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Impact of Your Local Zakat Since 2013

$15,848,294
Zakat & Sadaqah Distributed
41,096
People Supported
236
Cities Impacted in Canada
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who we are

Compassionate Individuals on a Mission to Change Lives

At National Zakat Foundation Canada, we believe in the transformative power of local Zakat.

We focus on charity that helps our neighbours and those closest to home.  Vulnerable communities right here in Canada often face a significant shortfall despite government assistance, with 1 in 10 Canadians currently living in poverty.

That’s where NZF Canada steps in. With your support, we provide 100% local Zakat to the most vulnerable Muslims in our community to give them hope for a better future.

Our recipients

Helping Muslim Families Across Canada

Your Zakat helps the most vulnerable Muslim brothers and sisters in our community including:
Single parents
Those fleeing homelessness
Refugees and newcomers
Low-income families
Those living with disabilities
New Muslims and converts
The elderly
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COMMUNITY AFFILIATES

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Testimonials

7,331+ Stories to Tell

This is how you’ve impacted the lives of your Muslim brothers and sisters over the years.
“Thank you for helping me and my family in this sensitive and difficult situation of my family life. I will never forget Allah’s favors on me first then your institution’s. May God Almighty allow us to become one of your supporters. Jazakom Allahu khayran.”

Saad, Manahil, & Abeer

Refugee family

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, I could put iftar on the table and buy some Eid clothes for my children, alhamdulillah, I don't know how to appreciate each one of you but may Allah bless each one of you and your families with Jannat al-Firdous. Ameen.”

Arisha

Single mother of four

“Thank you so much for supporting me, I received the check yesterday. May Allah reward everyone who helped us.”

Saba & Sameer

Refugee couple

“May Allah SWT grant you all your wishes in this world and the next for helping me in my most desperate situation. I purchased groceries which I would have had to purchase from credit card with 20% interest rate. Not only you helped me in desperate situations but prevented me from paying INTEREST. Jazakallah kheir.”

Noora

Single Mother

“Thank you so much. You remembered me at the right time when I was looking for it. May Allah give you everything you need. And accept your prayers and your soul. Ameen.”

Shahzain

A father of two who had to stop working to take care of his wife with a high-risk pregnancy

"I have no better words to say than JazakumAllah Khair. Only Allah can reward you for this. And I promise you one day inshaAllah I will be able to donate much more than that. This is my promise to you and with myself. I will never forget that help and your trust in me. Alhamdulillah."

Arij

Refugee and widowed mother of three

“Thank you for helping me and my family in this sensitive and difficult situation of my family life. I will never forget Allah’s favors on me first then your institution’s. May God Almighty allow us to become one of your supporters. Jazakom Allahu khayran.”

Saad, Manahil, & Abeer

Refugee family

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, I could put iftar on the table and buy some Eid clothes for my children, alhamdulillah, I don't know how to appreciate each one of you but may Allah bless each one of you and your families with Jannat al-Firdous. Ameen.”

Arisha

Single mother of four

“Thank you so much for supporting me, I received the check yesterday. May Allah reward everyone who helped us.”

Saba & Sameer

Refugee couple

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caseworker Stories

7,331+ Stories to Tell

This is how you’ve impacted the lives of your Muslim brothers and sisters over the years.
Zakat in the Qur’an and Hadith

"Zakat is only for the poor and the needy, for those employed to administer it, for those whose hearts are attracted to the faith, for freeing slaves, for those in debt, for Allah’s cause, and for needy travellers. This is an obligation from Allah."

Quran [9:60]
FAQs

Answering Your Questions

Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our organization and its work. We hope that this page will help you learn more about us and how we can help you or your community.
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Can I give Zakat to my family?

When determining whether or not you can give Zakat to a specific family member, consider the following: Do you have any financial obligations towards that person and will you benefit directly or indirectly from the Zakat? If your answer to both questions is yes, it is safe to assume that you should not give them your Zakat.  

For more details about giving Zakat to your family, read our blog post here.  

What is the NZF Canada administration fee?

Our administrative cost is 5% or less. Our policy is to try and cover all our admin costs through non-Zakat donations. Read more about our Zakat Policies here.

Why do we need Zakat in Canada if there's government support?

Not everybody qualifies for government support, and those who do often find it is not sufficient to cover all of their basic needs. For example, a single adult living in Toronto or Vancouver may get $700 – $800 in support each month.

How does NZF Canada assess who is eligible for Zakat?

Those who are seeking Zakat go through a financial assessment process in order to determine if they are qualified to receive Zakat in accordance with the guidelines set by our Shari’ah Advisors. Our team of caseworkers work with each client to ensure that all information is accurate, and the needs of the client can be met through Zakat assistance. Read more about our distribution policies here.

Still Have Questions?

If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to contact us for more information or read our knowledge base below.
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