We believe that those whom God has granted wealth need to cleanse that wealth through charity, and those whom God has tried with loss are accorded a rightful share from the resources of the affluent.

Mission

ZF fosters charitable giving to alleviate the immediate needs of poor communities and to establish long-term development projects that ensure individual and community growth.Our 

Commitment

As a US-based, Muslim-run charity organization, ZF shows the inclusive beauty of Islam through programs that reach the destitute, of all faiths, both at home and abroad. Since its establishment in 2001, ZF has progressed from mostly offering immediate emergency aid and seasonal programs to a focus on severing the roots of poverty, utilizing Zakat and Sadaqa donations to develop long-term, sustainable solutions.

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America is US

America is US! is an evening of song, poetry and theater showcasing some of the cultural and historical narratives that define the American tapestry. While refugees and other vulnerable communities are being increasingly marginalized, join us to celebrate the narratrives that have always defined the American experience. Rooted in the understanding that our love for the Divine manifests in our service to humanity, this program will artistically and authentically share the struggles and hopes of marginalized people including the African American, refugee, Muslim communities, in hopes of inspiring awareness, empathy and meaningful action. Speakers and artists include: Professor Larycia Alaine Hawkins Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir Hip hop artist Brother Ali Ensemble group Progress Theatre

4/22/2017 7:00:00 PM -07:00

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Fifteen Years of Empowering Lives

Join Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) for our 15th anniversary dinner. Since its establishment in 2001, ZF has grown to become one of the most prominent Muslim-based humanitarian organizations active in the United States. However, this would not have been possible without the gracious support of our donors and community members. ZF would be honored to see you all and your families on this night. The dinner hopes to highlight ZF's historical milestones as well as preview developing international campaigns for the near future. Guest speakers include: Shaykh Jihad Brown Sister Amal Ali Imran Salha Amer Zahr, comedian Ali Ahmad, singer Limited seats and tables are available. Purchase your tickets online at http://bit.ly/2gWeSwb.

12/11/2016 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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Painting with a Purpose: A Pigment of Humanity

Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) invites you to come paint a masterpiece with your friends and family while giving back to humanity! Enjoy a fun evening with good company and learn how to create a beautiful painting guided by professional artist Mrs. Ruxana Syed. No painting experience is necessary. So put down your phones and pick up a paintbrush! All proceeds will go toward providing winter kits to those in need . The winter kits will include blankets, coats, jackets, sweater, gloves, hats, and scarves! Very limited seats! We will NOT be selling tickets at the door.

11/20/2016 1:30:00 PM -06:00

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Painting with a Purpose: A Pigment of Humanity

Zakat Foundation invites you to come paint a masterpiece with your friends and family while giving back to humanity! Enjoy a fun evening with good company and learn how to create a beautiful painting guided by professional artist Mrs. Ruxana Syed. No painting experience is necessary. So put down your phones and pick up a paintbrush! All proceeds will go toward providing education for refugees! Very limited seats! RSVP at: http://bit.ly/1WOHGWt Or call: (708) 487-6675 We will NOT be selling tickets at the door. Ticket: $20/person and includes supplies and take home canvas.

4/16/2016 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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Prayer of the Oppressed

Join us for a communal recitation of the Prayer of the Oppressed in dedication to victims of violence in our city. Hamza Yusuf's book, Prayer of the Oppressed, translated along with a brilliant commentary on the nature of oppression and MP3 recordings of a soulful recitation of the prayer/poem by the famous Fez Singers of Morocco, will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit efforts to relieve oppression locally and globally through Zakat Foundation of America (ZF). About the Prayer: The prayer of the Oppressed is a poetic devotional prayer that seeks to end the violence and oppression that is so rampant in our world today. The power of the prayer lies in its simplicity, its purity, and its sincere supplication. It is essentially a plea to God that our transgressions be overlooked, that divine mercy be bestowed upon us, that social justice be restored in spite of us, that wrongs be righted, and that righteousness reign once again in our lands, so that the destitute may no longer be in need, the young may be educated, the animals’ purpose fulfilled, rain restored, and bounties poured forth. Ultimately, it asks not that our enemies be destroyed, but simply that their plots, and the harm they cause, be halted. Its essence is mercy, which in turn is the essence of the Messenger of God, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him: “And We have only sent you as a mercy to all the worlds.”

2/14/2016 2:30:00 PM -06:00

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Film Screening and Discussion with CEO of Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation

Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation is a grass-roots NGO managed and run by a family of women doctors. The foundation has created a safe haven for thousands of internally displaced persons in Somalia while providing free healthcare and education services. Dr. Deqo Mohamed, CEO, is daughter of the Noble Peace Prize nominee, Dr. Hawa Abdi. Dr. Mohamed along with her mother and sister won the Glamour women of the year award in 2010. They are champions for women's rights in Somalia and continue to serve as a powerful example of women as peace agents in the region. Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Mohamed along with a screening of 'Through the Fire', a documentary film highlighting the story of three extraordinary Somali women and their role in rebuilding Somalia. http://www.dhaf.org/ www.zakat.org Co-sponsored by Zakat Foundation of America, The Arab and Muslim American Community at UIC, The Muslim Student Association at UIC

4/21/2015 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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humanitea time

Discover the Power of Compassion! Join our cast of poets, actors, and storytellers as they demonstrate the vast power that lies in every one of us to cultivate a culture of compassion for changing the human condition. Featuring: Imam Suhaib Webb, Dawud Wharnsby Ali, productions from the Chicago Dramatists, Mustafa the Poet, poetess Amal Kassir, Abdi Phenomenal, and Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble. Nonprofit organizations are welcome to feature their service opportunities at the humanitea time "Action Bazaar"; for vendor registration contact: GetInvolved@zakat.org About humanitea time: humanitea time is a dynamic platform for inspiring action around social causes from home to humanity. Prepare to be embraced by a warm ambiance, fair trade tea, and a stage that casts a range of important causes through riveting performances and authentic narratives. Inspired by Prophetic tradition, humanitea time inspires its audience to discover their change-making potential around issues such as labor rights and human trafficking, forced migration, food security, and other humanitarian crises. A distinguishing feature of humanitea time is the "Action Bazaar" which offers plenty of service opportunities setting you off to tread new tracks in the world! Watch performances from humanitea time 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmdVfNuPYYU humanitea time is an initiative of Zakat Foundation of America (ZF)

11/9/2014 5:30:00 PM -06:00

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ZF Teahouse - Where Spirituality Serves Humanity

Featuring Ustadh Usama Canon Launch into Ramadan with deepened faith and efforts to ensure food security around the world. Join us as we ring in Ramadan with the restorative power of service in repairing race & class rifts within our communities. ZF teahouse reflections will be delivered over fair trade tea by spiritual teacher Usama Canon. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about and join ZF's Ramadan food security campaign including the #ZFfeed5K movement. In a friendly ambiance of teahouse warmth, Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) hosts a celebration of the Prophetic precedent of empathy and social justice. Each ZF teahouse highlights a particular social issue and offers opportunities to serve humanity.

6/20/2014 7:00:00 PM -05:00

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ZF Teahouse - Where Spirituality Serves Humanity

Featuring: Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy There are 30 million slaves in the world today! What's your slavery footprint? In a friendly ambiance of teahouse warmth, Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) hosts a celebration of the Prophetic precedent of empathy and social justice. Each ZF teahouse highlights a particular social issue and offers opportunities to serve humanity. Event is Free. Seats are limited.

3/7/2014 7:00:00 PM -06:00

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ZF teahouse

Where Spirituality Serves Humanity Featuring: Speaker YASMIN MOGAHED Poet ABDI PHENOMENAL Join us for an afternoon of inspiration & teahouse warmth, and spread that warmth by packaging and donating winter care kits to protect Chicago's impoverished families from this bitter cold season. About ZFteahouse: In a friendly ambiance of teahouse warmth, Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) hosts a monthly celebration of the prophetic precedent of empathy and social justice. Cultivating a culture of compassion, each ZFteahouse will highlight a pressing social issue such as human trafficking or refugee empowerment, followed by on-site service work. Guests will also have an opportunity to take change back to their communities or campuses by signing up for service projects facilitated by ZF. The beloved Prophet (pbuh) was sent as a mercy for humanity and he embodied mercy in all his endeavors; it is now our turn to carry that legacy.

1/19/2014 2:30:00 PM -06:00

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Thursday Talks: How to simply understand the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

As part of Zakat Foundation Chicago Community Center's (ZFCCC) Thursday Talks, we are hosting a talk on understanding the Affordable Care Act on how it affects you. This talk will be led by EverThrive Illinois. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the thursday talks and other useful resources please contact us at 773.363.4230.

11/21/2013 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Thursday Talks: Nutrition and Healthy Eating

As part of Zakat Foundation Chicago Community Center's (ZFCCC) Thursday Talks, we are hosting a talk on the essence of nutrition and healthy eating. The talk will be facilitated by the Center for Partnership and Health Promotion. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the thursday talks and other useful resources please contact us at 773.363.4230.

11/7/2013 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Thursday Talks: HIV Awareness and Testing

Join us at Zakat Foundation Community Center—Chicago's (ZFCCC) Thursday Evening Talk about HIV Awareness and Testing. Guest speaker from Chicago Family Health Services. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the ZFCCC Thursday Evening Talk and other useful resources please contact us at 773.363.4230.

10/17/2013 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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ZFCCC Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Are you under insured or perhaps have no insurance at all? Do you need a mammogram? Do you know someone who does? Come in for a free mammogram screening. In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month ZFCCC is hosting an information session about breast cancer. Mammogram screenings will be offered through A Silver Lining. *Light snacks will be provided* Call Zakat Foundation Community Center at 773.363.4230 for any questions.

10/8/2013 10:00:00 AM -05:00

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STORIES FROM SYRIA at the MYSTIC BLUE CRUISE

Zakat Foundation of America invites you to join us for Lunch Saturday, October 5th to hear the accounts of our COO, Safaa Zarzour, on his recent humanitarian trip into the heart of Syria. Listen to our amazing guest Yahya Hawwa and hear more about Zakat Foundation work inside #Syria Bring your family, tell your friends about the event. We hope to see you all there Limited Seats purchase your tickets now http://www.zakat.org/ Should you have any questions, please email us at events@zakat.org

10/5/2013 11:30:00 AM -05:00

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ZFCCC Back to School Community Fair

Come join Zakat Foundation of America Community Center Chicago on Monday, August 12th for our annual Community Fair. There will be: Health screenings and Information Giveaways- Backpacks and school supplies Back to school immunizations (bring current immunization cards) HIV Screenings Medicare/Medicaid referrals Games for kids Entertainment Food Vending opportunities available: Contact Ihssan Tahir @ 708.941.3735 Follow us on Instagram @ ZakatUS and on Twitter to see how we are taking a proactive role in bettering our communities.

8/12/2013 10:00:00 AM -05:00

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Zakat Foundation of America Community Center Chicago (ZFCCC)

Ramadan Mubarak! Join Zakat Foundation of America Community Center Chicago (ZFCCC) as we feed the community we serve. Community iftars will be every Tuesday and Wednesday. Bring a dish to share with our community members! Call 7733634230 for any questions. 7/10, 7/16, 7/17, 7/23, 7/24, 7/30, 7/31.

7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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artists for humanitea

The deadline for Artists for humanitea: An Online Performing Arts Contest has been extended to February 15th! ZF invites budding artists to inspire awareness and action around social justice and humanitarian causes through the arts. 1st place: FREE student-service trip to Ghana with ZF 2nd place: $1,000 scholarship 3rd place: $500 scholarship! To learn more about Artists for humanitea and to submit your performance arts piece, visit http://www.zakat.org/contests/artists-for-humanitea/

2/15/2013 12:00:00 AM -06:00

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Join us at the Family First Forum this Sunday!

The Family First Forum is a series of experiential workshops led by professional Muslim therapists and experts in family, marriage and parenting. If you're in the Chicago area please join us September 16th and if you'd like to learn more about starting a forum in your community contact us at familyfirst@zakat.org!

9/16/2012 10:00:00 AM -05:00

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Competing for a Cause: One Year, 100 Wells

ZAKAT FOUNDATION OF AMERICA INVITES YOU TO BE A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST!! Q: What causes a child to die every 20 seconds? A: Dirty Water. Zakat Foundation of America is building 100 water wells in one year, and we need YOU to make it happen! Join this inter-youth group competition in which each group will organize creative fundraising activities for building water wells in the world's thirstiest countries. For example, during Friday prayers you might sell "water bottles for water in Africa", or do a Jum'ah Car Wash, or a Walk for Water, a Bike for Water, an Open Mic Night, Slam Poetry event, etc. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!! The best part is that the water well(s) you build can have your youth group/school/masjid's name engraved on it and it will be a sadaqa jariyah even after you pass from this life. Walk in the prophet's footsteps and be activists for social change. Contact: amal@zakat.org Get your 100 WELLS TOOL KIT and have everything you need to get your youth group started! Including free T-shirts, an organizing template, and more.

8/31/2012 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Ramadan 2012 / 1433

Ramadan, Share the Blessings The precious days of Ramadan are upon us, and with them the blessings of giving Zakat and Sadaqa. This Ramadan you can relieve suffering in two special ways: Emergency Relief in Syria helps refugees like two-year-old Khaled, an asthma patient at a clinic funded by Zakat Foundation of America (ZF), with medical care, food distribution and clothing. Since March 2011, ZF has provided close to $3 million in relief. The One Year, 100 Wells Campaign is providing clean, local water to villagers throughout sub-Saharan Africa, who no longer depend on remote, polluted rivers for their drinking and washing water thanks to your donations. So far your donations have built 16 wells in eight countries; 10 more under construction. A Time to Give This Ramadan your Zakat can make a difference to a child, a family, or a whole village. You can also give Sadaqa for programs such as Eid gifts for children and Fitra. Last year ZF helped Muslims around the world by: .. Giving Fitra to more than 350,000 people in 40 countries .. Providing warm meals for Iftar .. Distributing food packages and shared Eid gifts Please visit our website, zakat.org, to calculate your Zakat and to donate today.

7/20/2012 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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Zakat Foundation of America's Role in Syrian Relief

Zakat Foundation of America is hosting an informational event about their role in providing relief to Syrians in Syria as well as refugees in neighboring Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free but there is limited seating. To register follow this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGxPdl8tenI0akdnVVM4YVVPTy1XNEE6MQ

7/7/2012 11:00:00 AM -05:00

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Ramadan

Zakat Foundation invites all of it's friends and supporters to join us this Ramadan. We ask that you + Fast from sunrise to sunset + Pray the five fixed prayers + Join your community for taraweeh prayer + Read Qu'ran and increase charitable acts + Donate to charitable causes We hope that together we can make this a productive Ramadan.

8/31/2011 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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48th Annual ISNA Convention

Zakat Foundation of America will be joining thousands of members of the North American Muslim community in attending the 48th Annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) that was held from July 2nd to July 5th in Rosemont, Illinois under the theme of "Loving God, Loving Neighbor, Living in Harmony".

7/4/2011 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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36th Annual ICNA - MAS Convention

This years conference topic-Quran: Guidance towards a Just & Balanced Way Established in 1968, the Islamic Circle of North America was a response to the growing need for a supportive Muslim community in North America. The organization initially focused on educating its growing membership about Islam, the goal being to adhere to Islamic values amongst a religiously diverse community. In the early 70s, ICNA members, the majority of whom were of South Asian descent, focused their efforts on education and personal/spiritual development.

5/30/2011 12:00:00 AM +00:00

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