What is Zakat@ICV?
The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) has been representing Victorian Muslims for over 40 years. We understand the strong connection people have to their country of origin, as our 40 member societies represent over 60 different nationalities, cultures and languages. However, while many maintain strong connections overseas, what binds us together is our religion, Islam, and our home, Australia.
For this reason, it is important that as a community we work together to help each other, and help our Muslim neighbour before sending aid overseas. While there may be many worthy causes overseas, many scholars agree that as a community we should use our Zakat money to benefit and strengthen our local community first.
Through collecting and distributing Zakat to Muslim Australians, the ICV seeks to build the true spirit of Islamic brotherhood and community among Muslim Australians, in accordance with the direction and guidance of Allah and His Messenger (sas).
Zakat @ ICV seeks to aid, inspire, and empower people through the effective and transparent provision of welfare, services, and sponsorship to Muslim Australians. Our focus will be on empowerment and helping people achieve self-sufficiency and independence, such that in the future they will be contributors of Zakat rather than recipients.
Why do we need another charity organisation?
Many people have approached the ICV unsure about where to pay their Zakat. Furthermore, many people have been making ICV aware of Australian Muslims whose situation is not good and would be eligible to receive Zakat. Given our unique position in the community, our networks, and our social justice related programs such as Qard Hassan, and Hospital and Prison Chaplaincy, we are in a position to create a simple solution to a growing problem.
Why do we need to distribute Zakat in Australia when we have an established welfare system?
Many people often think there are no poor Muslims in Australia. Unfortunately at the ICV we have been privy to an increasing number of distressing cases. Below are two such real cases (names changed for privacy reasons).
Case Study 1
Jason recently reverted to Islam, however his family have not reacted to this news very well. They have given him one week to either leave Islam or leave the family home. He is currently a student and doesn’t know where he would be able to live if his family disowned him. After finally finding the truth, he does not want to leave Islam.
Case Study 2
For some time now, Fatima has been verbally and psychologically abused by her husband, but recently this has escalated to physical violence. Her local imam has recommended the couple separate or divorce, but she has no relatives in Australia, and therefore nowhere else to live. She does not work, and is also worried about her two young children, aged 3 and 5.
What type of assistance does the Zakat@ICV give?
Zakat@ICV provides Zakat to individuals who meet the eligibility criteria. Through our Zakat Fund, we aim to provide for the basic necessities of life. Examples of the type of requests funded include:
- Food and Living Essentials
- Emergency accommodation
- Rental assistance
- Medical Bills
- Funeral Expenses
- Personal items