Muslims around the world are oppressed, either physically or psychologically. In such difficult times we need to be aware of the importance of giving Zakat intelligently so that it can effectively benefit our brothers and sisters suffering around the world.
Currently we are witnessing horrific genocide in Burma, with next to nothing being done to prevent this suffering by other nations, including Britain. And we continue to see the ongoing suffering, torture and destruction of innocents around the globe, including Palestine, Kashmir and Iraq, to name a few. There is also the ever-looming threat of Iran being next on the list of destruction, not to mention the increasing Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred we are witnessing here at home.
Many Muslims are sending money as aid to the suffering nations around the world but without realising that the root cause of the suffering isn’t going to be tackled. The physical oppression of our brothers and sisters is as a result of political decisions made in the ‘west’, including the UK. We can influence these decisions even though many of us are oblivious to the role that we have to play in seeking justice.
Using Palestine as an example, what is the point of giving money to build Palestinian homes and buy plasters for their war wounds when Israel is just going to bomb their homes again and reopen those wounds?
What we need to do is tackle the root cause of the problem. We need to ensure that Israel is held accountable for its war crimes. We need to make sure that the people making these laws are educated and are working to bring the Palestinians justice. We need to ensure Palestinian homes are not bombed in the first place and that bullets are not fired to cause injury, or worse. We need to prevent the wounds, not keep on buying the plasters.
Palestine is just one example. There are countless other Muslims that can be helped by giving our money intelligently to tackle the root cause of the problem.
MPACUK is one of the very few organisations that works to tackle the root cause of the suffering of the Ummah, both globally and locally. We are working to ensure Muslims learn how to defend the ummah, how to get politically active and how to get their story out to end oppression. We rely on your donations, Zakat and charity to fund our campaigns. No Muslim wants to see their fellow Muslim brothers and sisters suffering. Every Muslim wants to know that their donations are being used in the most effective manner possible.
Muslim scholars have commented about institutions that tackle the root cause of the problem:
"A principle of jurisprudence states: if a thing which has been considered obligatory cannot be fulfilled without fulfilling another, then fulfilling the latter also becomes obligatory. Thus, since protecting the rights of Muslims and empowering Muslims cannot be achieved without such institutions, it is imperative that Muslims support and maintain such institutions. Muslims should have no hesitation in giving part of their Zakah to Islamic Organisations which is providing a most timely and essential service for the cause of Islam and Muslims." Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, Canada.
The solution is simple: give intelligent charity. Help MPACUK in their work by donating to help our oppressed brothers and sisters everywhere. We value your donations and will ensure they are used in the most effective manner possible, helping to tackle the root cause of the problem.