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May 2017 Letter from the Murshid Council Regarding Zakat


Bismallah ir Rahman ir Rahim,

May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon you.

Beloveds,

It is the time of year to again be preparing for the blessed month of Ramadan.  It is not only a gift for us all but also a deep blessing and time to thank Allah. Allah also calls us to give our zakat. We would like to share with you our discussions and recommendations regarding zakat payments.

We feel that the giving of zakat needs to be pure in its intention. It is one of the center pillars in our way. Unlike sadaqa, or charity, zakat has a very deep mercy, knowledge, and obligation. On the inner and outer, it helps to purify our wealth and our giving. Please read the chapter on zakat in Sidi’s book The Deeper Meaning Behind the Pillars of Islam.

We believe in the giving of zakat a primary intention is to feed and care for the poor, needy, and the sick. This is one of the most important aspects of zakat. We also acknowledge and recognize that our guide, Sidi, was clear that zakat can be used for other things such as the education of people who are seeking to learn sacred knowledge.  We also know that Sidi also gave zakat monies to a variety of people for a variety of reasons as Allah guided his heart. Many throughout the world can benefit from the giving of your zakat.

We believe that Sidi always operated from the deep Mercy in his giving and that this was the deeper principle operating for him at all times in what he did and where he gave the zakat.

For your inspiration and himma, we would like to share with you Sidi’s words and guidance regarding Ramadan and zakat:

“I write to you from my heart for the real peace and love and mercy and justice. It is very important to continue in the way and to give this message everywhere, to every heart; to fill every space in this earth with His message of peace, love, mercy, justice, and freedom. You are the beloveds of the prophets who carry the message of the beloved prophets; for that reason, give, beloveds, and do not hold anything back, but give everything for Him because He wanted to give everything for every people without separation in all the world.

I am sending you these words to help you in your walking and to explain again the meaning of sawm (fasting) and zakat (almsgiving).

The 9th month of the year, beginning with the first sighting of the moon, is called Ramadan.  Ramadan is a very special and blessed month for all people who love God and worship Him through His religion of Unity. It is the meaning of giving of oneself in every way to our Lord, because it is like a ‘retreat’ from the daily life of the world, and a deep chance to spend a whole month remembering God all thought the day and night. It is a time for purifying ourselves and our bodies. Giving alms (zakat) is a part of this purification. Above all, Ramadan is about thanking our Creator for what He gives us, and through our fasting to humble ourselves and to ask for His forgiveness, because in this holy month we return everything to Him. During Ramadan, the beloved is asked to leave everything related to his five senses. From dawn until after sunset the beloved is asked not to make love, smoke, eat, or drink. But above all, the goal is to restrain from seeing anything other than Allah. By so doing, you will be able to replace in yourself the low attributes of the self with His higher attributes.

Zakat is a very important part of this path. On the outside because it provides food and clothes, and warmth for the poor everywhere, and in the inside meaning zakat is all about giving thanks to Allah, Exalted is He, for what He has giving us, and learning to trust that He is the Giver and the Source of everything we have. The tradition in Islam is that people give two and one half percent (2 ½%) of everything they own to the poor each year at Ramadan. The money buys food, shelter, blankets, shoes, clothes, and medicine for the poor, the sick, the orphans, and all those who are crying everywhere from the suffering in the world. In order to figure out how much this is for you, take what you have the things in your home, (but not on the home in which you live, nor on the car which you use), and any money you have in the bank or companies or stocks you own, or other houses or property, such as a second home or income or investment properties, savings, pension, or anything like that, and add up what it is all worth. Then subtract what you owe on it because only that much belongs to you.

With all my thanking and all my prayers for everyone who listens and who follows what He say.”
- The Guide of the Peace, Love, Mercy, Justice, and Freedom, in the Sufi Way, Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id Al-Jamal Al-Rifa’i  (Sidi’s zakat letter from previous years.)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of us.

We anticipate that Ramadan this year will begin around May 26, with 30 days of fasting and 3 days of feasting. Sidi always encourages us to give our zakat early so it could be disbursed during the month of Ramadan. We pray that you have a blessed Ramadan and look forward to seeing and praying with you all in community.

Some beloveds in the tariqa have called for greater transparency in the use of zakat, here is what we have learned and what we know about where zakat monies were distributed last year.

In Palestine, poor people were fed during Ramadan through efforts of Sidi’s family. Ibrahim Jaffe and Rida Attar visited Jerusalem during Ramadan and not only witnessed this first hand, but also helped to distribute food to the poor there.  You may have seen pictures on social media. Wadude also visited Sidi’s family after Ramadan and witnessed the good works that are continuing to support our guide’s legacy in the Holy Land. In our discussions, we felt the great need and desire of our guide to continue to support the poor in the Holy Land and everywhere through our zakat and charitable giving.

Here in the United State, thirty-six individuals and families were supported and helped financially with zakat through SSC’s ‘Beloveds’ Emergency Fund.’ Nineteen students were able to attend Sidi’s University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism (USHS) through zakat scholarships, and twenty families were given weekly food donations through the Farm of Peace CSA, as well as ten scholarships to attend programs there.


In our letter to you last year, we discussed creating a treasury function for more transparency. To that end, Marz Rida Attar has graciously agree to take the lead on establishing a treasury function for the tariqa that would collect and oversee the careful distribution of funds to the highest standards of excellence. This, as we have said before, would allow you to give your zakat and to know that it was being watched over with deep wisdom and care. If you would like to be a part of this, please contact Marz Rida Attar at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rida has shared his view of the function as follows:

“To develop the function of treasury we will need a number of volunteers who are willing to investigate, inquire, and understand as to how and why Sidi collected, preserved/maintained and distributed zakat and sacrifices the beloveds made. Appropriate giving is the practical application of our teachings. With that understanding we hope to develop a practical, on the ground team to systemically observe, encourage, and support the existing projects of giving, provide know-how and support to the managers of each project and collect and distribute information and data to inspire the community with transparency.

Where the water of mercy meets the deep need on the ground, there is a light which is attractive and feeds all hearts. This light will encourage further giving and help the heart realize that in wise giving there is a satisfaction of response the Allah’s call, a practice that heals and a forceful awakening for the world that is stuck in collecting and hoarding. One of the responsibilities of our team would be to promote that light. We are not regulators, auditors, or a policing function. We bring attention to the ground and reveal the deep needs and how Allah directs us to meet each need. Indeed this is a service our world badly needs at this time. Kindly contact me if you are interested or you know someone who may be interested to pursue this inquiry further.”

Again, we invite you to follow your heart and give where you are guided. Please give deeply and mercifully to what calls to your heart. We are always available to help support you. We wish you a blessed month and hope to see you all soon, insha'Allah.

May Allah reward your every good.

In service to you,

The Murshid Council
Salima Adelstein ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Rida Marz Attar ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Ibrahim Jaffe ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Wadude Laird ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Calculating Your Zakat

The tradition in Islam is that people give two and one half percent (2 ½ %) of everything they own to the poor each year at Ramadan.  The money buys food, shelter, blankets, shoes, clothes, and medicine for the poor, the sick, the orphans, and all those who are crying everywhere from the suffering in the world. In order to figure out how much this is for you, take what you have, the things in your home, (but not on the home in which you live, nor on the car which you use),and any money you have in the bank or companies or stocks you own, or other houses or property, such as a second home or income or investment properties, savings, pensions, or anything like that, and add up what it is all worth.  Then subtract what you owe on it because only that much belongs to you.

Multiply by .025 - this means 2.5% of the net, positive value of your assets.

Zakah is based on assets. It is not an income tax.

If you end up in negative numbers, then there is no obligation. However, those who have no assets but have income might want to pay a percentage of their income, even though this is not the traditional manner of figuring zakah.

It is important to give one's zakat during Ramadan and early in the month is best.


You may send your zakat payments to any or all of the following, among other options:

Shadduli Center   418 Buena Tierra Drive   Woodland, CA   95696

Online: shaddulicenter.org and click on Support Us.  Please indicate your donation is for zakat.

Paypal: Send to email   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (in the memo field please note it is for Zakat)

These funds will be distributed by Sidis' family to those in need in the Holy Land, according to how Sidi traditionally gave and to carry on his work and legacy there.  See message from Salih Kent about how the funds will be used.

You may call Graydon Ford, at (530) 312-2121 PST  with any payment questions.

SC is a 501(c)3 Non-profit. Contributions are tax deductible


SSC Beloveds' Emergency Fund Zakat Donations

Link to donations page Please select the "Zakat for Beloved Emergency Fund" option from the list.

Mail checks to: SSC, PO Box 100, Pope Valley, CA  94567

These funds will go to those in need in our Shadhiliyya Communities who qualify for zakat according to fiqh.

To apply for assistance from the BEF zakat funds, click for application.

SSC is a 501(c)3 Non-profit corporation; contributions are tax deductible.


Zakat Donations for USHS Scholarship Fund

Link to scholarship donations

These funds will go to USHS scholarships for students needing financial support to attend University classes.

USHS is a 501(c)3 Non-profit corporation; contributions are tax deductible.


Farm of Peace Zakat Food Donations

Link to donate food to needy through the CSA

Through this link you can make a donation for food from the Farm's CSA to go to the needy.  Click the Donate button, and please specify your donation is for zakat.

Farm of Peace/SSCE is a 501(c)3 Non-profit corporation; contributions are tax deductible


 
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