Zakat

Don’t just fulfil your obligation: fulfil the potential of your Zakat with Muslim Council of Britain.

“True piety is this: to believe in God, and the Last Day…to perform the prayer and to pay the Zakat.” (Qur’an 2:177)

The MCB currently have two Zakat-eligible projects: the Visit My Mosque national campaign and the MCB’s Centre for Media Monitoring.

Centre for Media Monitoring (CfMM) is a project of MCB and falls under the category of fi sabeelillah في سبيل الله from among the eight categories mentioned in the Qur’an surah Tawba verse 182.

Centre for Media Monitoring (CfMM) is a Zakatable Project – Your zakat has the power to help CfMM promote fair, accurate and responsible reporting of Muslims and Islam through constructive engagement with the media, regulators and politicians whilst also supporting CfMM to train and empower grassroots British Muslim communities to hold the media to account and help change the narrative.

Visit My Mosque (VMM) is a national initiative facilitated by MCB and falls under the category of al-mu’allafat Qulobehim مؤلفة القلوب

Visit My Mosque (VMM) is a Zakatable Project – Your Zakat has the power to transform Mosques – promote the beauty of Islam by encouraging 250+ mosques across the UK to hold open days to welcome their neighbours from all faiths and none and build bridges across communities.

Our Aim

The Muslim Council of Britain seeks to support and strengthen our affiliates community through all its projects. Visit My Mosque and Centre for Media Monitoring allow us to educate, counter stereotypes and negative narrative around Muslims and Islam, and build networks of friends and allies.

CfMM’s vision is both to highlight negative trends in the media as well as promote good practice. In order to change the narrative surrounding Islam and Muslims, CfMM aims to engage constructively with the media and empower communities in the following ways:

  1. Create an Evidence base.
  2. Develop insight on areas of improvement
  3. Constructively engage with key stakeholders
  4. Empower communities to engage with media positively

VMM builds bridges across communities by opening mosque doors to the public, encouraging interfaith dialogue, and breaking down misconceptions. Whilst mosque open days in Britain have been taking place for decades, Visit My Mosque enables mosques to be a part of a nationwide coordinated event where mosques across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are able to open their doors together on the same day.

You can help us make difference by supporting these projects via your Zakat.

What is Zakat?

An obligatory annual payment, Zakat is paid by qualifying adult Muslims whose wealth exceeds the Nisab value (minimum required threshold for payment) for one Islamic (lunar) year.

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It has been mentioned, along with daily Prayers (Salaat), over seventy times in the Quran. From this we can conclude that after Salaat, Zakat is pne of the most important acts in Islam.

Just as Salaat is the most important act of worship which has to be performed bodily, so is Zakat the main act of worship which has to be performed monetarily. Those who fulfil this duty have been promised abundant reward in this world and hereafter.

Why is the MCB eligible for Zakat?

The Holy Qur’an determined who is eligible to receive Zakat, stating:

“As-Sadaqat (Zakat) are only for the Fuqara’ (poor), and Al-Masakin (the needy) and those employed to collect (Zakat funds); and for to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam); and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allah’s Cause, and for the wayfarer (a traveller who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed by Allah. And Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.” – (9:60)

The MCB must be aware of valid Islamic scholarly opinions on the permissibility of allocating zakat funds to outreach projects for the category of “THOSE IN THE CAUSE OF ALLAH”. This category is to be interpreted, in our contemporary context, as upholding and strengthening Islam and Muslims’ causes through outreach projects such as those mentioned above.

Also according to the National Zakat Foundation:
“This category of Zakat recipient, mentioned in the Qur’an as the mu’allafat qulubuhum, or those whose hearts are to be reconciled, illustrates the community and bridge building role of Zakat….. The rules of Zakat, therefore, are clearly directing us to invest in our communities. We are not fulfilling the divine injunction if we are not building, creating, sustaining and nourishing the faith-community where we live”

The MCB works with its affiliates, civil society partners, and decision-makers to create a positive difference for British Muslim communities. With your support, MCB seeks to build a just and cohesive society for all. The MCB works with civil society across the UK to ensure that governments make decisions that will make a positive difference in the lives of Muslim communities.
We want you to get involved and support us to achieve an equal and just society for Muslim communities in need.

Make a difference with the MCB this Ramadan by donating your Zakat to the Muslim Council of Britain

£25 could help cover costs for training Mosques on how to hold a Visit My Mosque Open Day, providing support in developing Mosques and building bridges across communities

£50 could provide a webinar on Islamophobia in the Media event teaching people how to look out for problematic media coverage and what action to take, a hard copy of “How The British Media Reports On Terrorism”, help pay for volunteers’ expenses & training

£100 could provide 1 hour online workshop on Media Interview Skills, a hard copy of “How The British Media Reports on Terrorism”, contribute towards subscription fees to national newspapers and media monitoring tools

£250 could provide 1-1 media training, 1/2 day workshop, receive a hard copy of “How The British Media Reports on Terrorism”, cover media training workshop delivery costs, contribute towards covering design and printing costs for our reports, First four to donate will receive a signed copy of a tie worn by Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow on air.

£500 could provide exclusive access to an invite-only media roundtable event, a Meet the Media event & a hard copy of “How The British Media Reports on Terrorism”, cover the costs of organizing a Round Table and Meet the Media and Report Launch event costs

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