The Muslim community has been growing significantly in North America, in Canada, in particular, over the past few decades. As such the community focus has expanded well beyond meeting the initial needs of establishing mosques, Islamic schools and centres for providing various social and welfare services. The local collection of sadaqat along with zakat by mosques and other community organizations have been used to finance these initiatives and activities.
However, over time, larger and more complex challenges confront the Muslim communities here in Ontario and across Canada. A need for a central system for the collection and distribution of zakat was recognized. As a result, a group of dedicated individuals took the initiative about a decade ago to establish such an organization, namely, MIZAN, Muslims Implementing Zakat Associated Network Inc.