How do you assess whether someone is poor and needy?
We have delivery offices in the countries in which we work and they carry out assessments. By using selection criteria, we ensure that we are reaching the most vulnerable people.
Can I give Zakat to my family members?
Beneficiaries of Zakat can only be given to people from one of eight categories. Scholars from the Shafi and Maliki schools of thought (madhaabs) agree that you can give zakat to a family member if they’re from one of the categories. E.g. they are poor and unable to provide for themselves, and is not already dependent on you. But if he/she is one of your dependents, you are obliged to spend on them anyway and cannot give them anything from your Zakat.
Can I use my Zakat to sponsor an orphan?
If the orphan is eligible to receive zakat (E.g. they or their family own less than the nisab or do not have food for the day) then they will be eligible to receive it. Orphans would come under category 1 and 2 recipients of Zakat.
What kind of projects do Zakat funds support?
We spend Zakat funds on projects where we can guarantee the recipients are poor and needy. So, for example, we can provide food packs to destitute people so they can feed themselves and their families. But we would not use the funds on a well that would benefit the whole community. This is because we could not guarantee that only poor and needy people will get water from that well. However, we will use other funds such as Sadaqah to pay for projects that benefit whole communities.