General/Assistance Funds


Fidyah is the payment a Muslim must make if he or she was unable to fast an obligatory day (i.e. Ramadan) due to an illness or pregnancy. The payment of Fidyah is to feed one poor person for everyday that is missed. Kafarah is the expiation for a person who deliberately does not fast Ramadan without a valid reason. This person must fast for two consecutive months or pay to feed 60 poor people (1 person a day for 2 months). The payment for both Fidyah and Kafarah is $10 per day to feed one poor person.

General Sadaqa

Literally, "sadaqa" means "to speak the truth." It is applied technically to "voluntary charitable giving" because when one gives of one’s wealth freely and of one’s own accord to others such an act "speaks the truth" about one’s "sincere" faith, the word "sincere" being another connotation of "sadaqah". In the sense of voluntary charitable giving the specialized phrase zakât al-tatawu’ah, or optional alms, is synonymous with "sadaqah". A person who gives Sadaqa aims to please his Lord, Allah (SWT). In Islam, every voluntary good deed is considered as Sadaqa. Islam seeks to put people in touch with and strengthen the admirable qualities of the human soul. Sadaqah invokes our greatest character: Mercy. For it is mercy that calls forth from deep within us a sense of common identity with others.


Once a year a Muslim who has attained wealth is compelled by faith to give of what Allah has provided in order that the rest of the Ummah may prosper equally. God commanded believers to pay the Zakât-Charity to help those in need within the first few years of the Prophet’s call in Makkah. Initially, the types of wealth it applied to and the amounts were not specified. God detailed its kind and rates nearly a decade later, in the second year after the Hijrah (Hegira), just prior to the divine decree to fast Ramadan, as Islam’s Fourth Pillar of worship. On one side, there is the obligation of Zakât’s payment; on the other, the right to receive that payment. Zakât is a minimal obligation imposed upon the wealthy payable in full, upon rightful claim, to the needy.

Family Assistance Fund

Though Zakat Foundation’s Family Assistance program, poor and needy families in the United States and abroad may receive food packages, clothing, education support for children, medicine and/or microcredit loans to promote self-sufficiency.

Orphan and Widow Assistance Fund

Through our Orphan and Widow Assistance Fund, donors can support the education and skill training endeavors of orphans and widows in the needy communities where we work. Donations can also go towards emergency food package relief if called for by the situation.

Scholarship Assistance Fund

Zakat Foundation believes that education is the hope for the future. Through our Scholarship assistance program, impoverished school children and needy university students around the world are given the means to excel in their studies so that they may change their social condition and contribute back to their communities.

Zakat Foundation of America, a Muslim charity that collects zakat, sadaqa / donations to provide humanitarian, emergency relief and sustainable development programs to empower lives throughout the world. We offer top Zakat resources including The Zakat Handbook: A Practical Guide for Muslims in the West, Zakat kit, ask an Imam feature, and you can calculate and pay zakat through our easy, online calculator.

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