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We are clear in our responsibility for every penny entrusted to us, and believe in a spiritual and moral obligation to accountability. We continue to be recognised for our financial transparency – and invest in developing ever-more rigorous accountability and governance systems that maximise the benefits we deliver with the contributions of our donors.
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Waqf is not compulsory in Islam, but it offers many rewards to the donor. It is a donation that cannot be owned by anyone, ensuring that benefits are ongoing. Read more about Waqf
Zakah (also spelled Zakat) is one of the five pillars of Islam and is compulsory for all adult, debt-free Muslims. Islam requires all who qualify to pay 2.5 per cent of their wealth to Zakah, provided that their wealth exceeds the Nisab. Most Islamic scholars agree that Zakah money cannot be donated to Waqf.
Islamic Sharia requires a deceased Muslim to leave two thirds of their wealth to heirs. However, wasiyya allows you to leave up to one third to non-heirs and charities. The money can be left to anyone, provided that the purpose is Sharia-compliant and that it does not put natural heirs into poverty. It is possible to dedicate this one third to the Waqf programme.
Sadaqah and Sadaqah Jariyah
Sadaqah includes all donations other than Zakah made for the sake of God and is highly-recommended in Islam. If this Sadaqah is ongoing then it is called Sadaqah Jariyah – which continues to bring benefits to people, animals or the environment. Waqf is particular variety of Sadaqah Jariyah.
“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in Allah’s way is as the likeness of a grain which growth seven branches, in every branch contains of hundred seeds, and (remember) Allah will give increase manifold to which he will and Allah is All-Embracing and All-Knowing.” (Al Baqarah, 2:261)
According to Ibn Umar (rA), the Prophet (pbuh) first encouraged the concept of Waqf when Umar (rA) asked the prophet “Allah’s Messenger, I have acquired land in Khaibar. I have never acquired more valuable for me than this, so what do you command me to do with it?”
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “If you like, you may give the benefit to charity whilst preserving it, so that it can no longer be bought, nor be sold, nor may it be possible to give it away or bequeath it.”
Umar endowed the land as Waqf to the benefit of the community, and declared that the property must not be sold, inherited or given away as a gift. (Sahih Muslim)
Can I get more than one Waqf share?
Can I share a Waqf share with somebody else (ie. a relative)?
Can I buy a Waqf share for somebody else or someone who has died?
It is also possible to make a special gift on behalf of a loved one that has passed away. The Waqf deed will carry the donor’s name, as the person who has bought the Waqf share, and also the name of the person to whom the share is dedicated.
Do I have the right to decide how to spend the returns of my Waqf share?
Each donation we receive is monitored so that it is only spent in the way the donor intended it. This may be on a specific project, in a particular country or supporting one of the sectors we work in.
All Islamic Relief’s accounts are externally audited. As a registered charity, our finances are checked by the UK Charities Commission and also by our various donor agencies on a regular basis.
Internally, we are committed to strict accounting procedures and all income and expenditure is tightly controlled to safeguard against any misuse of funds. Full financial reports from our implementing offices are checked quarterly by our International Office, in Birmingham ,UK. To read our latest Annual Report please click here.
Why choose to donate to Islamic Relief Waqf?