Zakat is an obligation in Islam and Muslims around the world help the underprivileged with their Zakat every year. While some give it directly to individuals and families, others choose to give it to charitable organizations. It’s easier to give Zakat to NGOs because they have already identified people who are eligible for Zakat and most of them accept online payments. The following list can help you make an informed decision.
Transparent Hands is a non-profit charitable organization and online giving that makes quality health care accessible to the underprivileged in Pakistan. Since 2014, we’ve provided free surgical and medical treatments to over 43,000 deserving patients. We have also set up more than 100 free medical camps in the remote areas of Pakistan. The organization is also registered in the UK, US, and Pakistan. The organization functions in a very transparent manner and displays details of each case on its website. Donors can see patients’ medical records, hospital bills, and details of how each and every penny of their donation was utilized. Transparent Hands also accepts online Zakat and tags all eligible patients.
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center (SKMCH)
SKMCH is a popular and credible charitable organization that offers free treatments to cancer patients. The organization was founded in 1994. Since then, SKMCH has provided free treatment to thousands of patients and has expanded its services to different cities. It has been recognized by Joint Commission International. So far, only three organizations have been able to receive this esteemed accreditation in Pakistan and SKMCH is one of them. Besides providing treatments to cancer patients, SKMCH conducts research as well.
Edhi Foundation was founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi and his wife Bilquis Edhi in 1951. It is a leading charitable organization in Pakistan and has been recognized by several bodies around the world. The foundation runs multiple services under its umbrella, including ambulance services, hospital services, and childcare services. Several blood banks, nursing training centers, and immunization centers are also part of the foundation.
The organization has also helped people internationally and a recent donation amounting to USD 200,000 went to Iran to help them combat COVID-19. Owing to transparency, the organization receives large donations from local and overseas Pakistanis.
The Aga Khan Foundation
Aga Khan Foundation is an international welfare organization that helps marginalized communities. They focus on multiple causes, including agriculture, civil society, health care, and education. A JCI accredited hospital, Agha Khan Hospital is located in Karachi. The organization has helped thousands of deserving people over the years with your Zakat and other donations.
Here are a few more charitable organizations that collect Zakat to support various causes:
- Red Crescent
- Al-Khidmat Foundation
- Akhuwat Foundation
- Sahara Trust
- Green Crescent Trust
- SOS Villages
- Shahid Afridi Foundation
- Chhipa Welfare Association
- Care Foundation
- Idonate Foundation
- Act of Kindness
- Aman Foundation
- Saylani Welfare International Trust
We hope this guide will help you make an informed decision when you are giving Zakat. After all, you may hold some causes closer to your heart than others. You should consider Transparent Hands for your Zakat if you want to help deserving patients who cannot afford to pay for their treatments.