About nzf canada

Helping Canadian Muslims Since 2013

Since 2013, our mission has been to make the pillar of Zakat simple, transparent, and impactful across Canada. At National Zakat Foundation, we envision a Muslim community that is dignified and unified through the prophetic teachings of Zakat.
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WHO WE ARE

Your Trusted Partner for Education, Collection and Distribution of Zakat

Since 2013, our mission has been to make the pillar of Zakat simple, transparent, and impactful across Canada. We envision a Muslim community that is dignified and unified through the prophetic teachings of Zakat.
41,096
Muslims Supported Since 2013
$15.8M+
Zakat Distributed
230+
Cities Across Canada Impacted
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WHY WE EXIST

Our Commitment to Charity and Giving Back

Need for Local Zakat

Despite government support and benefits, the local need for Zakat continues to be immense. Some of the most vulnerable members of our society get left behind when there is a lack of support for them from their own community.

The Forgotten Pillar

People have forgotten about the pillar of Zakat and its virtues in this world and the hereafter. Like Salah, Zakat is also an important pillar that purifies wealth and helps facilitate social cohesion.

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OUR VALUES

Toward a Future Without Poverty

At National Zakat Foundation, our values stand as our guiding principles and are at the core of everything we do.

We are guided by Islamic values
We are here to serve others
We invest in ourselves
We innovate to achieve excellence
We believe in the power of collective effort
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OUR POLICIES

Upholding the Value of Community

We take the responsibility of managing your Zakat seriously and ensure that both payers and recipients of Zakat are treated fairly. In order to upload this pillar of Islam in Canada we adhere to the following policies.

Every dollar of Zakat collected is utilized in Canada.
All Zakat collected is distributed within one lunar year of its collection.
Zakat recipients are screened to make sure they meet the Islamic and financial criteria for Zakat eligibility.
All Sadaqah and general funds are utilized for administration and overhead fees before using Zakat for this purpose.
NZF utilizes Zakat for the collection and distribution of Zakat under the third category of Zakat: Amaleena Alayha (Zakat Administrators).
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Our team

Compassionate Individuals Working Toward a Better World

Our team is made up of passionate individuals who are dedicated to helping those in need. Whether it's through volunteering our time, donating resources, or advocating for those who are marginalized, we are committed to making a positive difference in our community.

Our Team

Zubair Qasim
Zubair Qasim
Chief Executive Officer
Zaid Mirza
Zaid Mirza
Program Director
Saima Mafat
Saima Mafat
Director of Fund Development
Mubeen Khan
Mubeen Khan
Director of Operations
Ammar Abu Rayseh
Ammar Abu Rayseh
Director of Finance
Kamran Ashrafi
Kamran Ashrafi
Head of Marketing & Communication
Lobna Mahdi
Lobna Mahdi
Program Manager, Community Services
Asif Siddiqui
Asif Siddiqui
Head of Community Development
Fatouma Asowe
Fatouma Asowe
Regional Manager, QC
Nisha Ravindranath
Nisha Ravindranath
Regional Manager, ON
Omar Ikram
Omar Ikram
Regional Manager, ON

Our Board of Directors

Qazi Karim
Qazi Karim
President
Hassan Newaz
Hassan Newaz
Director
Alaa Jaradat
Alaa Jaradat
Treasurer
From our Clients

"I would like to thank you for your generosity and for not leading me to go around begging for money, because it would be very hard for me as an elderly woman. May Allah bless your efforts and fill your banks with hasanat, by Allah’s blessings."

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Elderly client
From our Clients

"Assalam o alaykom sister, I appreciate your kindness and ask ALLAH to protect you all, you have removed my greatest concern, hope you never have problems in your life."

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Client with disabilities, Calgary
From our Clients

"Dear friends of National Zakat, I am writing to you to let you know that I received your package and  Alhamdollelah by the grace of God and the help of you all, I was able to pay off all my debt and my overdue payment."

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Single woman suffering from depression and PTSD
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.
Learn about Zakat
How does National Zakat Foundation distribute Zakat?

Muslims in financial hardship apply for Zakat online or by phone. Our trained intake worker ensures the completion of the application and requests supporting documentation. A Zakat caseworker then assesses financial need and Zakat eligibility. Upon eligibility, Zakat is issued to meet the specific financial needs of the applicant. Zakat may be issued to meet housing needs, food, debt relief and other essentials of life. Read more here.

Does National Zakat Foundation only assist Muslims?

We follow the legal guidelines of Zakat as a restricted fund to assist Muslims in need. However, we do receive applications from those, not of the Islamic faith and provide whatever assistance we can from non-Zakat funds as well as by connecting them to other resources available in the community. Read more here.

How long do recipients have to wait to get assistance?

Most applications are processed within 2 to 10 days from the submission of all supporting materials required depending on the volume of application we are dealing with at that specific time. For urgent cases, we process cases much sooner depending on the circumstances. Read more here.

What is the length of assistance for Zakat recipients?

NZF provides assistance for a short period of time (2-4 months generally). However, our team of caseworkers are equipped with the knowledge of government benefits and community resources, which are key in providing a more holistic service, with an aim toward self-sustainability.

Will I receive an official donation receipt for my donation?

Yes, as a registered Canadian charity, NZF will provide an official donation receipt. All donations made online will receive their tax receipts instantly via email. For all other forms of donations, tax receipts will be sent at the end of the year (usually in the month of February).

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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