At Subulus Salaam noticed that many Muslims claim asylum but struggle to survive. They are often left in limbo due to delays or due to refusals. They are often unaware of their right to appeal and due to the language barrier, they find it difficult to understand what they are supposed to do. The situation is often exacerbated by unscrupulous lawyers, by the ignorance of their legal rights or the lack of time to lodge an appeal.
Some of them end up in a state of destitution and homelessness while others find refuge with catholic shelters or Jesuit institutions. We noticed that they survive on hand outs from various churches and on soup kitchens from various charities. We also noticed that most of them are not eligible for food banks vouchers.
In addition, we noticed that since the credit crunch in 2008, welfare reforms including benefit cuts, sanctions, payment suspensions and the introduction of the universal credit have affected many members of our Muslim community.
Finally, the last category of individuals who seem to increasingly seek our assistance are those experiencing in-work poverty. Their income is spent on housing costs and therefore, can hardly make ends meet.
Our Zakat el Fitr projects aims at providing enough food to needy Muslim families for the day of Eid el Fitr and for the following weeks.
We call the community to follow the Sunnah of Allah’s messenger by donating Zakat el Fitr in food packages based on the hadeeth:
Imam el Bukhaari and Muslim narrated that Abu Sa‘eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) said: We used to pay zakat al-fitr at the time of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) on the day of al-Fitr, a saa‘ of food. Abu Sa‘eed said: And our (staple) food was barley, raisins, dried yoghurt and dates.
A number of scholars interpreted zakat el fitr as “foodstuff” referring to any staple food available in a region, no matter what it is, whether it is wheat, corn, rice or something else. This is the correct view, because zakaah is a means by which the rich help the poor, and the Muslims are not required to help with anything other than the staple food available in the land where they reside.
Due to the pandemic of Corona virus, our food collection centre is closed.
We will therefore collect Zakat el Fitr in cash. Food packages will be purchased by our drivers, who will deliver to needy households.
Due to the unprecedented migration crisis, we also urge the community to donate Zakat el Maal and Sadaqah