Zakat Foundation

Nayma Kose, NC Community Center Manager of the Zakat Foundation of America, left, leads a small group of volunteers as they fill boxes with food for delivery to refugee families in Durham, NC on May 28, 2020. The number of volunteers working on the project is less than ten, as required by state guidelines put in place to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
A Zakat Foundation volunteer collects pantry items to be placed in food boxes for donation in Durham, NC on May 28, 2020. Nayma Kose, NC Community Center Manager of the Zakat Foundation of America, explains that it has been hard getting vounteers, but that college students from NC State and UNC Charlotte have offered much-needed assistance toward the Foundation’s charitable mission.
Zakat Foundation volunteers organize and pack pantry items for donation to those in need in Durham, NC on May 28, 2020. The Zakat Foundation website eloquently describes what they do: “We help Muslims, and the charitable of every conviction, take the steep road — to carry out their Zakat and charity duties easily, correctly, and with maximum humanitarian impact by delivering their aid personally, swiftly and with dignity to the direly needful of our world — the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the thirsty, the stricken, the war-ravaged, the bereaved, and the dislocated”.
Nayma Kose breaks down a box at the Zakat Foundation of America in Durham, NC on May 28, 2020. As part of their mission, the Foundation provides assistance to refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, Somalia, and other countries ravaged by war, as well as to Hispanic communities and rural communities in North Carolina.
A young volunteer with the Zakat Foundation tapes one of thirty boxes of food going out to immigrant families in Durham, NC on May 28, 2020. The Zakat Foundation of America is a US-based, Muslim-run charity that recognizes that Zakat, or charitable giving, “is not just one of the core pillars of Islam, but a tool to help ease poverty, suffering and hardship throughout the globe”.

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