guidestarIslamic-American Zakat Foundation    (Last update 5-18-2016)

As-salaamu `alaikum!

We regret to inform you that we have received word of the passing of Sr. Muneera Afifa.

Sr. Muneera was an outstanding activist in the Muslim community. She played a unique role in the development of the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation. Seventeen years ago, as a Volunteer Maryland volunteer she designed the MEDINA program which ever since became central to our operations. Through this program we have gone beyond providing band-aids of financial assistance to helping applicants address the deep needs behind their financial problems and formulate plans for self-sufficiency.

We ask you to join us in praying that Allah will forgive her her sins and grant her paradise. "To Allah we belong and to Him we return."


               Combined Federal Campaign Code: 17934   Maryland Charity Campaign Code: 7216    United Way Code: 8834 in the National Capital Area
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best charityThe Islamic-American Zakat Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt
religious and charitable organization.  Our mission is to provide
assistance for food, shelter, clothing and transportation  for the poor
and needy, orphans, wayfarers, and other persons and needs deserving of charity under Islamic law  by assessing, collecting and distributing obligatory and voluntary charity called zakat and sadaqa.

Our primary objective is to serve poor and needy Muslims in the United
States, eligible non-Muslims are also helped and some aid is sent abroad
in major man-made or natural disasters like the war refugees in Syria.

NOTICE: This organization provides NO scholarships, tuition money, nor any other payments to schools or universities, or to foreign organizations, nor will we send any money directly abroad.


Office Hours are now Tues., Wed., & Thurs.
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Sat. 9:30 .m. - 1 p.m.
4641 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 30
Bethesda, MD (near Bethesda METRO)
Send donations, applications, and correspondence to:
Islamic-American Zakat Foundation
4323 Rosedale Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Telephone: 301-907-0997
To send e-mail, click here.
Thank yous!

"I am writing this letter ... to thank you all very much for your help as well as your assistance.... Sisters and Brothers, there [is] a place in Heaven for this organization ... and there will always be a special place in our hears for this foundation. This foundatin will be blessed by God in so many ways for all your good deeds to others.... Please, by all means keep up the good work." <name withheld>
"Thank God for you and thank you for the donation towards the rent... It was sucha blessing to me. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! --
<name withheld>
"Thank you for all your help & prayers."
-- <name withheld>
"I received the check in the mail for assistance towards my balance and wanted to say Thank you for your help with this! It was difficult for me to even get started with the application for assistance but you made the process smooth and easy for me. Most services that provide assistance have a way of making you feel low down and small to the point you will never go back for help but you were always very pleasant and have a way of making someone feel there is no need to be ashamed of needing help and I really appreciated that. You're very good at what you do." --
<name withheld>
"Jazak Allah Khairun for your assistance once again; may Allah continue to bless IAZF for being such a support to the community." -- <name withheld>
"I am eternally grateful, humbled and thankful ... to the Islamic American Zakat Foundation and the community of Muslims who have so graciously extended their hand in assisting me in a my moment of need and desperation. I  am in complete AWE of the The Grace and The Mercy of our Sustainer and Creator ... Allah the Most High! ... God Willing it is my intent to lend myself to supporting the work and service of the Zakat Foundation. The service you provide is invaluable and very much needed. May Allah continue to reward you for your good works."
  -- <name withheld>
"Many thanks and blessings for your help with our mortgage. We really appreciated it." -- <name withheld>
"To express our sincere Thank you (Alhamdulillah, wa subhanAllah). We are truly thankful God has allowed your organization, Islamic-American Zakat Foundation, for helping our family to transcend our present financial difficulties. JazakAllahu khair. In sha Allah, bless our family with extra falüs may God remind us to send a generous donation ... to the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation to help others in need  as you have helped us. Ameen." -- <Sr. H. & Br. A.R. & family>
"Thank you very much for thinking of me and my family during the holy month of Ramadan.... I have been going through some really hard times.... I really appreciate your kind gesture and moral support. May Allah continue to strengthen your foundation and its leaders and members." -- <name withheld>
more thank yous
Click here to access our Zakat Calculation Form in PDF format.

Click here to donate.
Click here to read a report on our participation in the U.N. Conference on the status of women.
Click here or on the Guidestar logo at the top of the page for detailed financial information about our organization.
Click here for a copy of our most recent annual report, including the audited financial statements.
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