In Islam, Zakat falls into seven categories:
- the poor and the needy
- those who are in charge thereof, and
- those whose hearts are to be won over, and
- for freeing of people from bondage, and
- [for] those over burdened by debt, and
- for [every struggle] in God’s cause, and
- for the wayfarers;
The alms are meant only for the poor and the needy and those who are in charge thereof, those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free those in bondage, and to help those burdened with debt, and for expenditure in the Way of Allah and for the wayfarer. This is an obligation from Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.” (Quran 9:60)
Our work is applicable to four of the above Zakat categories:
“For those whose hearts are to be won over”
We build bridges with leaders to foster a better understanding of Islam
Emgage’s efforts to connect Muslim American communities to their lawmakers helps break down preconceived notions and fight misinformation about Islam and Muslims.
“For freeing of people from bondage”
We lobby for human rights, equality, and religious freedom
Emgage has and continues to work to bring Congress’s attention to human rights violations against the Uyghurs, Kashmiris, Indians, Palestinians, Syrians, Yemenis, and the Rohingya. Emgage also supports and advocates for systematic solutions to inherently unjust and often racist systems of oppression, such as the No Fly List and the school to prison pipeline.
“For [every struggle] in God’s cause”
We fight Islamophobia and for the rights of Muslims at the highest levels, while also working to gather detailed, beneficial information regarding our communities
Emgage has and continues to advocate against policies that target Muslim Americans, promote Islamophobia, and violate our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We also work with other organizations to conduct studies and research important information about our communities.
“For the wayfarers”
We advocate for refugees in Washington
Emgage has and continues to lobby for increasing inhumane and racist caps on refugees from war torn regions, and additional government funding for refugee and relief programs. We also fight to dispel anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment in the United States.
Our Pledge to You
Every single Zakat dollar that is collected via our Zakat fund will be used exclusively on Zakat eligible programs that fall into the above categories. Support us with your Zakat donation today!