Help feed the starving with your Zakat

This Ramadan, millions of people in the Horn of Africa are facing starvation due to severe droughts. Can you give your Zakat to help feed them?

African Relief Fund (ARF) is on the ground in Somalia, Ethiopia, The Gambia, and working through partners in Zimbabwe and Kenya. We’re delivering food, water, medical assistance and basic essentials to people severely affected by extreme weather conditions and conflict. Many have lost their livelihoods. Many others have lost their homes. They are desperate and in need of the relief your Zakat can provide.

‘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.’ (Quran, 9:60)

This Ramadan, your Zakat will feed the hungry and help provide for orphans and their guardian families.

Give Food Aid with your Zakat


Can you give your Zakat to feed the fasting this Ramadan? ARF provides food packs to needy households and to refugees at camps that house displaced people. The packs cost £75 and contain non-perishable and nutritious food items that will last an average-sized family up to three weeks. We also provide warm iftars for poor communities throughout the blessed month. £300 allows us to feed 100 adults and children.

‘Whoever gives iftar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.’ (Tirmidhi, 807).

Sponsor an Orphan with your Zakat


Can you give your Zakat towards the regular care of an orphan child, this Ramadan? ARF supports orphans and their guardian families with a monthly stipend and a monthly food pack. We also provide annual medical check-ups for our sponsored orphans and give each child an Eid gift twice a year. Sponsoring an orphan cost £20 a month, or £240 a year.

The Prophet (PBUH) has said, ‘The one who cares for an orphan, and myself will be together in Paradise like this’ and he held his two fingers together to illustrate. (Bukhari, 6005)

Zakat FAQs

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam, after the belief in the oneness of Allah and prayer. ‘Zakat’ is the obligatory charity due on surplus wealth. Every Muslim who has a year’s worth of savings over the Nisab amount is obliged to pay Zakat to those in need, who have a right on that wealth.

Zakat or ‘Zakah’ literally means to cleanse. When we as Muslims fulfil this obligation, not only are we honouring a divine commandment, we are also ‘cleansing’ our wealth. When given with purity of intention, this act allows us to feel closer to Allah and happier too, knowing we are helping others, while earning rewards in this life and for the Hereafter.

Nisab is the minimum value of wealth that an adult Muslim must have in his/her possession for one lunar year to pay Zakat. Zakat is due by every Muslim whose wealth reaches this minimum threshold.


Nisab is the equivalent value of 87.48 grammes of gold or 612,36 grammes of silver. Zakat is to be paid at the rate of 2,5% of total wealth. There are rules that govern how to calculate the total on which Zakat is due. If in doubt, consult recognised authorities or use our easy Zakat Calculator.

Zakat Transparency and Accountability


At ARF, we implement our projects through committed staff and volunteers who work at our field offices, or through trusted partner organisations we work with in countries where we don’t have a base on the ground.

ARF is committed to acknowledging and accounting for all Zakat donations we receive. We also ensure that our projects are fully compliant with the rules regarding distribution and eligibility of recipients. We also ensure that your Zakat reaches only those most worthy of it, according to the Islamic rulings: the poor and needy Muslims.

‘Those who spend their wealth [in Allah ‘s way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.’ (Quran, 2:274)

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