These modern days are strange and complicated for all religions, and Muslims are no exception. With modernity coming to the Islamic world at a breakneck pace and Muslims in the industrialized world occupying something of a precarious position in their adopted countries, many complex matters are facing Muslims around the world today. With this in mind, it behooves Muslims across the world to be more generous to each other and their neighbors in these uncertain times, as giving help today will result in getting help tomorrow. Most Muslims already provide funds to charitable organizations as part of their zakat devotions. Still, with scandals involving everything from low-end embezzlement to supporting violent militants, it can be hard for any Muslim to choose a place to send their zakat donations. Sometimes giving close to home is a good idea; whether it’s buying healthy food for a local food bank, sending your money to a local hospital or just funding a friend’s Hajj when they otherwise couldn’t afford it are all good uses of Zakat. However, some Muslims prefer to use their zakat funds to further more large-scale movements, ranging from national campaigns against discrimination to sending necessary vaccines to people in the poverty-stricken regions of Islamic majority countries around the world. Here then are some Islamic charities for your considerations.
Muslim Aid is a global charitable organization, based in the United Kingdom but with programs stretching out across the world, with a particular focus on Islamic majority countries. With the current refugee crisis in Syria, they are putting special emphasis on the refugees from the conflict, providing them with essential supplies trying to ease the suffering, whether the refugees have come to Jordan and Lebanon or have made their way closer to home in Europe. The group also funds an orphanage in Turkey dedicated to sheltering orphans of the Syrian conflict and helps them integrate into Turkish life. Other programs include funding wells for clean drinking water in the developing world and supporting community development in general in the United Kingdom. They have also begun a campaign pushing to further the understanding and hopefully the eventual easing of the damaged caused by climate change across the world. Muslim Aid also provides micro-financing to small businesses in parts of the Islamic world ravaged by war and disasters, such as Bangladesh, Bosnia, and Indonesia. The recent large scale flooding in the United Kingdom has also drawn their attention.
Islamic Relief USA is a group based out of the United States, with locations in seven states. Dedicated to providing relief and development across the world, the group has many great projects going at any one moment. One perpetual project is their Qurbani project, wherein they take donations and use them to buy Qurbani meat in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Qur’an and send it to people in Islamic majority countries who would otherwise not be able to get a Qurbani donation, sometimes even being the only meat they get all year. Another long-term project of theirs is improving access to clean water for those people in far out regions where getting clean water can be difficult due to environmental hazards, pollution or conflict. The recent water crisis close to their home in Flint has seen this effort being done domestically. In a similar vein, the group also supports the improvement of sanitation systems across the world. The ground also works to prepare people across the world, mainly refugees from the conflict in Syria, with protection from the elements in the winter season as the conflict in their homeland drags on.
You can donate your qurbani all year round or during eid al adha.
Other Islamic charitable organizations in the United States include A Grain of Hope, which is dedicated to fostering relations between Muslims and other faiths, initially with a program of funding school supplies for educators who would otherwise be able to afford that has since branched out into other areas. Another group is Afghan American Muslim Outreach, an organization dedicated to social activism and strengthening Afghan American Muslims in a country that, by and large, does not think too highly of them. These are, however, only two of the small Islamic charities that can be found across the world.
Of course, even with all of these excellent Islamic charities, the United Muslim Relief is slowly surely beginning to create a name for itself by doing some fantastic work. So while any or all of these charities are fantastic, and you should give your time and money to these charities, one of the best in the modern world may be the United Muslim Relief. So make sure to look them up, as well!