Giving your Zakat to UMR

United Muslim Relief (UMR) started out as Muslims without Borders (MWB) back in 2011. UMR is a registered non-profit organization that provides a wide variety of individual and family social, welfare, healthcare, or referral services including disaster, refugee, and temporary relief services among many more. Our headquarters are situated at St. Alexandria, Virginia in the U.S. UMR is one of the quickest growing NGO’s in the U.S. that focuses on tackling developmental needs by building humanitarian coalitions.

UMR believes that all people have the right to live a life free of poverty in a more equitable and secure world where they can realize their full potential.

Even though we are inspired by our Islamic Ethos, we at UMR are pluralistic and open-minded. We have the firm belief that all people, no matter their religion or race should have access to proper healthcare, clean water, access to basic social services and earn a sustainable livelihood. To achieve this, we work with a broad range of partners to tackle some of the challenges.

At UMR, besides our strong belief in collaboration, we also have a strong belief in giving back to our volunteers along with the many communities who support us. We strive to develop the good leaders of tomorrow through our student-led chapters. In fact, we have over 20 active university chapters alongside hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

We pride ourselves in having created an active student movement that is committed to contributing positively to the American Society and serving underprivileged communities all over the globe. In the United States, our students have fed thousands of homeless people while internationally they have worked equally hard to provide some answers to the biggest challenges in international relief.

The Following Are Some Of The Areas Where We Provide Relief

1. Education & Livelihood

Aid can only go so far regarding helping individuals escape poverty. This is the reason UMR found it prudent to provide communities with the tools and opportunities they require to improve their lives and have a chance at securing their economic future. We support education and livelihood programs and work alongside families to find proper commercial solutions.
Some of the programs under education and livelihood include:
– The funding of girl’s education in Pakistan

– A mobile education bus for the Syrian refugees in Jordan
2. Orphan Care Program

Estimates put the figure of children that range from infants to teenagers that have lost one or both parents at around 153 million. The number of orphans is increasing as families are torn by poverty, war, disease, and hunger. Abuse and exploitation of these children are common.

Through generous donations from our donors, we can sponsor hundreds of orphans from all over the world. The donations help to pay for education, clothing, food, and medication for vulnerable children living in such countries as Sri Lanka, Gambia, Somalia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Nepal, and Kashmir. Simply put, we provide a lifeline to these children.

3. Dental Relief

Impoverished families find it almost impossible to access quality dental care due to the high costs. Even in the most affluent of countries, tooth decay is a chronic disease of childhood. It is 5 times more prevalent than asthma.

Millions of people living in poverty have their daily routines affected by symptoms that include eating complications, chronic toothache, difficulties speaking, as well as searing pain from dental abscesses. In just the U.S. alone, children prom underprivileged backgrounds are two times more likely to suffer from tooth decay than those from affluent backgrounds.

In addition to the regular distribution of oral hygiene supplies to homeless people from all over the country, we also work with local community health centers to establish free dental clinics.

4. Healthcare Solutions

At UMR, through our Medical Goods-In-Kind Program, we provide clinics and hospitals with essential medical supplies, medicines, and equipment. We work in conjunction with other humanitarian NGOs to provide quality medical solutions at minimal cost. In addition to the short-term medical interventions, we have other long-term interventions.

UMR has supplied medical supplies to several countries including Nigeria, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Chad, Bosnia, Jordan, Philippines, and Iraq.

Statistics have improved significantly but there is still much we have to do. A child in sub-Saharan Africa is eight times more likely to die before reaching the fifth birthday than one in Europe.

projects we are involved in here are:

– Provision of primary health care centers for IDPs in Sudan

– Supplying Medical clinics and hospitals in Palestine
– Provision/Improvement of maternal delivery rooms in Nigeria

– Supplying medical clinics and hospitals in Syria
– Provision of cataract surgeries in Bangladesh

– Provision of primary health care clinics in the Central African Republic

5. Emergency Response

In the 21 Century, increased violent conflict and climate change have led to an increased number of humanitarian emergencies. At UMR, we help those affected by natural disasters as well as conflicts from all over the world by providing food, medical supplies, clean water, and shelter.

Some of the situations where we have provided emergency response include:
– The Nepal Earthquake of April 2015 that killed over 8,800and injured over 23,000 people

– The Yemen Crisis that led to the displacement of over 100,000 people and the death of over 500
– The Gaza Emergency Appeal

– The Syria Emergency Appeal
We run in the attempt to help the less privileged. If you would like to have a more comprehensive understanding of the programs we run please visit us at umrelief.org or send us an email at info@umrelief.org

The Way Forward Is To Donate

Your generous donation could help a child in Syria get his next meal or a poor girl from Sierra Leone get access to clean water. Let us help our fellow human beings who are in need and the world will be a better place.

 

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Understanding Islam & Zakat

Zakat means ‘purification’ or ‘to cleanse.’ In the Islamic faith, Zakat means the purification of your wealth for Allah’s will. Zakat is 2.5% of a year’s cumulative capital according to Islamic regulations.

Means Of Purification
Zakat is a tool to purify your wealth but is also a spiritual purification that serves as a tool to create you closer to Allah. Zakat is both a moral and religious obligation, and this is why every year Muslims give Zakat to the poor.
The whole concept of donating part of your wealth to the poor is an honorable act that comes with blessings and valuable lessons. It teaches the Muslim self-discipline thus enabling the giver to free themselves of greed and love of possessions.
Who Should Pay Zakat?
Zakat is one of Islam’s five pillars. Therefore, it is compulsory for every Muslim if they meet certain criteria and conditions. Any Muslim, who possesses the necessary ‘Saab’ for a full year, is bound to pay Zakat on that wealth. It is important for Muslims to know the amount of Zakat they owe and how to calculate it to ensure that the proper amount is given to intended recipients.
Many people opt to pay their Zakat in the month of Ramadan for good reasons. Ramadan is the month of blessings. Also, rewards for all the righteous deeds are greater in this month than in any other month.

Who Benefits From Zakat?

The people that are poor and suffering are eligible to receive Zakat money. They can be:
– The Destitute – Those that have no funds or wealth and are living life on the bare necessities
– Travelers – Muslims in the middle of their journey but without money are eligible for Zakat
– People in Debt – Those in debt but cannot pay it back are eligible for Zakat
– The Needy & Poor- These may have some funds and wealth but not enough to make up for Saab
– Zakat Collectors- Those that collect and distribute Zakat
– Muslim Converts – This category was designed just to get new Muslim converts that are genuinely sick on their feet.

You Cannot Use Zakat For:
– Burying the deceased
– Clearing debts of the deceased
– Building mosques

Items That Fall Under Zakat

Precious Metals & Jewelry – Case in point, Silver and Gold. Both these precious metals come under Zakat even though they are just used for decorative purposes. The primary objective for their inclusion is that they contribute towards your total wealth, and thus, their worth needs to be tabulated when calculating Zakat.
Crops & Cattle – Crops and cattle that are more than your need
Bank Accounts- Any cash, stocks, or bonds that you may have in your savings account. The money should be in the bank for a year. Funds received, and loans given are part of the Zakat process.

General Conditions Of Zakat
Making ‘Niyat’ is just part of the journey. Muslims need to consider the following conditions to ensure that they pay their Zakat Contributions correctly.
Recipient’s Eligibility – It is vital that any piece of aid reaches only those that need it most. Therefore, Zakat recipients must be sufficiently poor to get it.
Paying Zakat In Advance – If you wish to pay Zakat in advance for future years, you are free to do so.
Paying Zakat In Kind – You can pay Zakat in kind in a variety of ways. The commonest way in this modern world is cash, but you can still pay for goods of equal value to the cash amount.

Zakat and Tax
Zakat is not a form of tax. Tax is a requirement of secular law while Zakat is an obligation and spiritual act. Zakat is a concept designed to help the poor and those suffering so that they may get back on their feet.

In a nutshell, Zakat is a critical pillar of Islam as shown in this article. It is both a spiritual and Muslim obligation that all Muslims need to uphold.