Housing Assistance

NAFIS Boston Center works with organizations like Amal Women’s Center to help those in need to find transitional housing especially.

For more information contact Malika MacDonald, director of the Amal Women’s Center or checkout their Facebook page 

Food Drive

NAFIS Boston Center works with organizations like Bread of Life that is a faith-based ministry serving the communities north of Boston, with a mission to feed the body and to nurture the soul. We strive to feed the hungry, the homeless, the needy and the isolated; to offer spiritual nurture, support and hospitality; to promote greater peace and justice by addressing broader issues of hunger, poverty, and need; and to conduct our work in a spirit of respect and nonviolence.

For more information contact info@breadoflifemalden.org or at 781-397-0404.

Aid For Refugees

NAFIS Boston Center works with organizations that is working to provide humanitarian aid for refugees.

This time we are working with the following website https://www.razoo.com/story/Alsirafi  “Hope for the Alsirafi Family” to help this Syrian family.


What is Zakat?

Offering Zakat is a religious obligation for Muslims, and is the third of the five pillars of Islam (right after prayer). In Arabic, Zakat means purification, growth and blessing. Paying Zakat is meant to remind Muslims to be appreciative of the blessings that Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) has bestowed upon them, and to help empower those who have less. There are two primary forms of Zakat: Zakat al-mal and Zakat al Fitr

Who is eligible for Zakat?

According to the Holy Qur’an (9:60), there are eight categories of people who qualify to be beneficiaries of Zakat:

  • The poor
  • The needy
  • The collectors of Zakat
  • Those who hearts are to be won over
  • Captives
  • Debtors
  • A mediator or someone who pays from personal monies to fix or mediate problems among the people
  • In the cause of Allah (swt)
  • Travelers

Most scholars agree that the poor and needy are the most important categories of people to receive zakat. Given that, it is acceptable to give your entire zakat to individuals who are in those groups.

NAFIS Boston Center follows the practice agreed upon by most scholars, which states that collectors of zakat are one of the eight groups that are eligible to receive zakat.

NAFIS Boston Center follows the Fiqh Council of North America for information about religious donations. It is advised that you consult with your local imam or scholar for more detailed inquiries.

Zakat on Gold

Zakat is payable at 2.5% of the wealth one possesses above the nisab. Nisab, which is equal to 3 ounces of gold, is the minimum amount of wealth one must have before they are liable to pay zakat. *As of May 29, 2017, nisab is estimated to be $3,587.79. Zakat is liable on gold, silver, cash, savings, investments, rent income, business merchandise and profits, shares, securities and bonds. Zakat is not paid on wealth used for debt repayment of living expenses such as clothing, food, housing, transportation, education, etc.

Zakat al-fitr

Before the Eid al-Fitr prayer, every able Muslim must pay Zakat al-Fitr. This mandatory act of charity can be paid in 2 ways:

  • In the form of supplying staple foods to the community
  • In monetary terms in order to purchase the necessary staple foods

The charity giver pays for himself/herself and on behalf of all of his/her dependents.

Zakat al-fitr amount

The total amount of Zakat al-Fitr is equivalent to four madd. A madd is the amount of food that can fit in your hands when you cup them together to scoop food. This value is translated to a monetary value and is estimated at $12. *

*Zakat al-Fitr is paid by the head of the household for each member of the family, before Eid al-Fitr prayer. Zakat al-Fitr is about the price of one meal—estimated at $12 in 2022. For more information it is advised that you consult with your local imam or scholars for more detailed inquiries.

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