FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

In which cities does Muslim for Humanity work?

The primary focus of our relief services are serving needy families in the City of Danbury and the Greater Danbury area with a future focus on providing relief in the entire state of Connecticut.

Are beneficiaries of humanitarian work limited to Muslims?

Muslims for Humanity primarily provides financial and non-financial services to Muslim families.  We also provide select services to people of other faiths through our strategic partners.

What is the difference between Muslims for Humanity and a mosque or an Islamic center?

Muslims for Humanity Is a relief non-profit organization focused primarily on local relief work.  Many mosques provide a range of community services, especially focusing on prayer services and Islamic education. Some may provide some form of zakat giving or occasional local and international relief campaigns. Muslim for Humanity’s primary mission is relief work: helping families in need locally with food and basic needs.

There already exist several organizations in this field. Why was a need felt for a separate organization for Muslims?

We started at the height of Covid-19 during the lockdown with the goal to raise some money online to give to Muslim families in need in the Greater Danbury area.  We discovered that many families were in dire need of assistance to pay for food, rent, and bills, and this continues to be the case today.  We continue to do this noble work through the help of our donors and volunteers and our partnerships with other organizations in the area.

Many families in need of help in our community are shy to come forward and ask for food or money and do not want others to know about their situation. How do you ensure that their information is private and discreet?

Mulims for Humanity is empathic and completely understands the need for privacy for community members who receive donations.  We make every effort to ensure that the privacy of the community members receiving the help is protected.  In fact, only a small number of team members on the Relief Application Review Committee who approve relief payment applications are privy to their private information.  These team members have taken a privacy oath to NOT divulge any information about the recipients.  We want the community members in need to feel safe that their privacy will be respected.

DONATIONS

Can I get a tax deduction for my donation?

Yes. Your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation or you can request it.

Why should people donate to Muslims for Humanity’s campaigns?

We have a track record of helping families in our community with monthly micro-grant payments. The donated dollars are used to help our neighbors who need it the most.

How are donations to Muslims for Humanity spent?

Muslims for Humanity spends the donations on families in need of food and help with basic rent and utility bills in the Greater Danbury area. Also, zakat given to Muslims for Humanity is distributed in accordance with Islamic guidelines.

How do you ensure that recipients spend donations in the right way?

Each recipient is vetted thoroughly by reviewing their personal and financial information and checking references to ensure that the recipient is deserving of the help they receive.  Our recipients commonly spend the donations on groceries, rent, and utilities.

We should send money overseas to people who need charity more and who are poor. Why are we collecting money for our city?

Donating to causes that help less fortunate families overseas is an honorable endeavor and one that we encourage.  In addition, there are many needy families in our immediate area that are in dire need of help and are asking for support from our local Muslim community.  We created this organization to help local families. Additionally, it was part of the tradition of the Prophet ﷺ to take donations from the wealthy and give to the needy in the same community.

Does Muslims for Humanity provide regular reports on funds collected and distributed?

Yes. Muslims for Humanity highly values transparency.  You can find our reports in our Financial Reports section. 

Is donating online the only option? Can I donate cash?

We take online donations. You can pay by credit card, debit card, PayPal, transfer money directly to our bank account or Zelle bank transfer (to info@muslimhumanity.org). Our bank information:

Bank name : Chase
Account Number : 671192703
Routing Number : 021000021

 

How can I be sure that my donation is going to the specific campaign I requested?

We post campaigns based on the needs in our community.  If you pay to a certain campaign, we view your donation as a sacred trust to be fulfilled (“amana”).  We will make sure that your donation is spent toward the campaign that you chose.

Do you accept in-kind, jewelry, or vehicles as donations?

Yes, we accept jewelry. Please contact us at info@muslimshumanity.com for in-kind donations. We do not accept clothing or home items at this time. If you have a vehicle to donate, contact us for details.

What percent of donations go to admin costs?

You can find our detailed financial reports here.  Muslims for Humanity makes it a priority to use the smallest donation amount possible for fundraising and marketing costs while still providing high-quality relief micro-payments and relief services to families in need. We do not use zakat donations for operational costs, excluding credit card processing fees. We choose to pay for operational costs via sadaqah funds/general donations and grants. Our organization is professionally run by a core team of dedicated volunteer staff. While it is common for Islamic relief organizations to use 4-11% of donations towards marketing and operations costs, Muslims for Humanity chooses to lower this percentage to 2% or less.

ISLAMIC GIVING

Do you offer a specific fund to feed needy families during Ramadan?

Ramadan is a month of giving for Muslims.  Zakat funds collected in Ramadan go directly to feeding needy families in our local community.

Do you offer a specific program to feed needy families with Qurbani/Udhiyah?

We have plans to institute a program in the coming years to distribute Qurbani/Udhiyah meat to less fortunate families in our community.

How do you ensure that recipients are qualified to accept zakat or donations?

We ensure that the recipients of zakat are under the nisab threshold for receiving zakat funds through our application process.  We use our zakat calculator and also make sure that the recipients testify by Allah to be below the nisab threshold.

How does Muslims for Humanity come to conclusions about Islamic giving rules?

We use the zakat calculator and the rulings of Quran and Sunnah to ensure that the recipients are eligible for zakat.  We view this a big responsibility and sacred trust (“amana”) and we make every effort to ensure that we execute this responsibility to the best of our ability. 

What is zakat? What is nisab? Who is obligated to pay or receive zakat? How can I calculate my zakat?

Can I give sadaqah to Muslims for Humanity?

Yes, you can give optional charity, or sadaqah, to Muslims for Humanity.  Your sadaqah will be used to help needy families primarily in the Greater Danbury area.