“(They are) those who, if We establish them in the land, invoke regular prayer and give ordained charity, enjoin the right and forbid the wrong.”
(Chapter 22, Verse 40-41)
Over the past 100 years, the Muslim community in Canada has expanded and settled across the country. Many organizations were established to support the needs of this growing community. The primary focus was directed at establishing places of worship.
As the community grew, so did its needs. These needs included operating schools and places for teaching the Quran and its associated Arabic language, caring for orphans, women and the elderly, and providing food and other essential services to those in need. The local collection and distribution of zakat, as well as other Islamic charities, provided the financial resources that supported these initiatives and programs. There was no organization or agency, however, that focused solely on zakat and whose sole mandate was to promote its practice, advance its cause, and to receive and distribute it according to the widely accepted Islamic rules and guidelines.