Zakat is the collection and distribution of compulsory donations from able individuals to the needy.
The Qur’an talks about the zakat in more than 30 different verses, mainly in the Medinan suras. In the Quranic view, Zakat is a way to redistribute the wealth, thus defining a charity-based economy with a particular interest in the poor and the dispossessed Muslims. Zakat is considered more than taxation. One must give zakat for the sake of one’s salvation: while those who give zakat can expect reward from God in the afterlife, neglecting to give zakat can result in damnation. The giving of the Zakat is considered a means of purifying one’s wealth and soul.
Giving of taxes to Muslims (which includes zakat) is also part of the primordial covenant between God and humankind.[Quran 2:83]
ICLI has Zakat, Fitra, and other donation stations on the premises.
To find out how you can give Zakat through ICLI, please call the main office at (516) 333-3495.