The benefits of donating Muslim organization depend heavily on the specific organization the donation goes to. Some organizations have specific aims and goals while others are more generalized in their purpose. Some groups are not specifically aimed at Muslims but do lots of good for the Islamic world, as well parts of the world. Some agencies are more reliable than others and for Muslims, who wish to do the best with their donations as possible, the reliability of an organization is paramount to their decision. However, many organizations do exist that are relatively reliable all across the world, be it the Islamic or Western world, and some truly global organizations reach out across the planet trying to do the best possible.

Of course, this is more than a mere tax deduction. The Qur’an itself calls for the pillar of zakat, the idea that Muslims should share a portion of their wealth with their communities. The Prophet himself mentions the practice of zakat some times in the Qur’an, and some suras make it clear that Muslims are supposed to be generous with their wealth when they can afford to do so. While the Prophet makes exceptions for those who are already impoverished, most Muslims are expected to give back a portion of their worldly success to the communities that raised them up, whether they’re living in Cairo or Chicago.

The purpose of Zakat is both religious and practical. From a spiritual standpoint, zakat is a means by which a Muslim’s worldly wealth is purified and made spiritually healthy in the eyes of God. Much like halal dietary restrictions cleanse food; zakat purifies a Muslim’s worldly goods and makes them more pleasing to God. While unrestrained greed is unhealthy in both spiritual and psychological ways, zakat serves to balance out the natural human flaws of greed and envy by encouraging Muslims to give back to their communities in one form or another, be it the local community or the global community. By sharing their wealth with the community, a Muslim’s property is healthier for their souls, however, large or small it may be. This is attested to numerous times in the Qur’an and centuries of Islamic scholarship and jurisprudence have been written on the subject of zakat and its deeper meanings.

However, while the Prophet calls upon Muslims to be generous with their communities, he left behind very few details. While the Prophet mentions those who should receive zakat, there is some disagreement, even among the most trusted hadiths, about the amount and place of Zakat in Islam. Still, zakat is undeniably a part of the faith and ignoring this element opens every Muslim to sloth and apathy, which in the modern global village is among the greatest problems out there.

Some Muslim organizations focus on local communities. This applies in particular to the Western world, where local mosques and their outreach programs find themselves in a tight financial position. Giving a portion of a zakat donation to a local mosque can do wonders for maintaining a sense of community among Muslims. If a mosque also works inside the larger community with people of other faiths, this can be doubly important as the mosque’s work affects not just Muslims but other individuals in the region as well. On a global level, many Muslim organizations sponsor a broad range of efforts and improving life for Muslims across the world. Vaccination drives are a traditional use of zakat funds, as are allowing Qurbani udhiyah donations to be made not just in the local community, but across the planet.

handsgivingMillions of Muslims around the world would be observing Ramadan very soon The occasion is important to all Muslims around the world for its religious virtues. All Muslims, who have passed the age of puberty and are medically fit, should observe fast which commences at dawn soon after the Al Fajr Morning Prayer. It ends at dusk soon after the Al Maghrib Sunset Prayer. This ritual of fasting is carried on a daily basis until the end of the month of Ramadan. This article gives an overview of why you should be giving back during Ramadan.

During Ramadan time, Muslims spend their time reading Quranic verses and donating money to charities. In fact, giving back is most important features of the month of Ramadan. Every Muslim tries to be humble, generous and help the poor and needy during this time.

Sadaqa Al-Fitr or Zakatul-Fitr is a small quantity of food that one needs to donate to a charity before the Eid (holiday) prayers. This amount is not connected the annual payment of Zakat, which every able Muslim is bound to donate. In fact, Zakat is one of the pillars of Islam. Zakat is calculated on an annual basis as a percentage of extra wealth. But Zakatul-Fitr should be paid by every Muslim (woman, child, sick, man, healthy, young or old) at the end of Ramadan. According to Prophet Muhammad, each person should give to charity an amount that is equivalent to one sa’a of grain in Zakatul-Fitr. Sa’a is an old measurement unit which is equal to 2.5kg of wheat today. The senior member of a household is responsible for giving this amount on behalf of the other members of his family. Non-perishable staple food items should be donated for this purpose and not money.
The real objective of this donation is to make sure that all members of the community have food to consume after the Ramadan festival and during the Eid holiday. The donation helps members of the community who do not have enough to feed themselves and their families. Also, Muslims who have extra wealth need to pay a certain percentage of their money each year to aid those in need. The majority of Muslims prefer to pay Zakat during the Ramadan season. In fact, giving back to charity is one of the pillars of Islam. It purifies one’s wealth and increases its value over time.

muslim-american-vote-2Muslims are some of the most humble and generous people. Many are committed to philanthropy, and many organizations have been created to help not only Muslims but non-Muslims as well. These teams concentrate their efforts in areas that have been devastated by war, poverty, or disease. Their missions are to provide relief, supplies and help to those who are impacted by disasters. While it is commendable to give as much as possible to these worthy organizations, it is also important to investigate how each uses the money it receives. Anyone considering a donation should research the organization before making a contribution. The organizations listed below are valid Muslim nonprofit organizations.

Life For Relief And Development

LIFE is a charitable organization founded in 1992 by Iraqi-American professionals. The organization provides humanitarian assistant to the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Sierra Leone, and Pakistan. Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, gives LIFE a 4-star rating and there are copies of the organization’s credentials with the United Nations and the U.S. government.

Muslim Aid

This charitable organization provides long-term and emergency assistance to those who are in need of relief. The team focuses on tackling the root causes of poverty through sustainable development programs.

Mercy-USA For Aid And Development

This relief and development non-profit organization were founded in 1986. They focus their efforts on promoting educational and economic growth and on improving health throughout the world. Charity Navigator gives them a 4-star rating. They partner with the U.S. government and United Nations organizations.

Islamic Relief

This is an international development and relief organization that has a permanent presence in 35 countries. The USA chapter of the organization received a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator. They partner with churches, international aid agencies, and local relief agencies.
In Islamic countries, the Red Crescent takes the place of the Red Cross. The National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have 186 branches all over the world. They have a vital network of staff and volunteers providing humanitarian services to those in need since 1919. Services are provided to anyone in need, with no regard to race, nationality, class, religious beliefs, or political opinions. The societies all support their country’s authorities and are considered independent organizations. The volunteers and staff of each Red Crescent and Red Cross Society help municipalities with infrastructure, expertise, access, and local knowledge.

ICNA Relief

This charitable organization is part of the Islamic Circle of North America. ICNA Relief provides humanitarian relief and helps with organizational development. It responds to disaster and emergency situations both in the U.S. and abroad. The organization works with individuals who reside in poor or devastated neighborhoods within Northern America.