The lockdown imposed due to COVID- 19 crisis, has affected many people financially. Today, many low-income people across the country are unemployed and starving. They do not know how they will pass the coming days.
Every year JAAGO Foundation collects Zakat from people and uses them for the education of disadvantaged children. But this year the situation in the country is different. JAAGO wants to deliver the Zakat to the underprivileged people of society who are the daily wage earners. So that they can use it to feed their families in this pandemic.
What is Zakat in Islam? It is the third pillar of Islam. Zakat is the term of mandatory donation in Islam. The word Zakat means both ‘purification’ and ‘growth’. People often get confused about where to give Zakat, how much to give. It requires Muslims to give 2.5% of their qualifying wealth each year to support Muslims who need it across a range of categories.
“The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and those who collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free the captives and the debtors, and for the cause of Allah, and (for) the wayfarers; a duty imposed by Allah. Allah is knower, Wise.” (The Holy Qur’an 9:60).
Zakat is obligatory when a certain amount of money, called the nisab is reached or exceeded. Zakat is not obligatory if the amount owned is less than this nisab.
To help the underprivileged, JAAGO Foundation has started providing food and necessity packages since the lockdown was imposed. With your help, we have already distributed thousands of packages among the needy people in different parts of the country. Our volunteers in every district are trying their best to reach out to these people and provide them the necessities. We plan to continue it throughout this emergency period.
By contributing your Zakat for the COVID Relief Fund in this great month of Ramadan, you can help these people survive and put food at their table. Your generosity will allow us to sustain our efforts in making a difference for the daily wage earners in the communities.