Helping people experiencing financial difficulty with funds or supplies is a responsibility Dar-us-Salaam understands and takes seriously. The Zakat Foundation, founded in 1998, undertakes this responsibility professionally and ethically, protecting the honor and dignity of aid recipients while at the same time protecting its entrusted resources.

The Zakah Foundation, based in and servicing the DC Metropolitan area, deals primarily with Zakat–al-Maal and works to educate Muslims about the importance of Zakah as well as the proper ways of calculating it. In Ramadan, the Zakat Foundation also collects anonymous tips about local families in need of food supplies, and then delivers Zakat Al-Fitr in the form of foodstuffs to their homes. To protect the honor and privacy of these needy families, the Zakat Foundation only selects Muslims who do not know the recipient families as delivery volunteers.

Staff are oriented at the Zakat Foundation to know how to keep the entire process confidential and respectful, from the initial call, application, verification, and through the disbursement. The Foundation’s secure database and verification system helps prevent abuse of zakat funds.

About Dar-us-Salaam

Dar-us-Salaam, based in College Park, Maryland.  is committed to sharing the message of Islam through sincere action, by developing a model Islamic community based upon and adhering to the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah. Such a living, dynamic and vibrant Islamic community can invite people to Islam by example and not merely through word alone, with the help and permission of Allah.