Zakat Builds Lives Accessibility Opportunities
Your zakat will empower vulnerable families in Palestine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and more!
The Prophet ﷺ said:
There is no better time for generosity than in Ramadan 2024. Your acts of kindness not only benefit those in need, but also bring you blessings and rewards from Allah SWT. It is a beautiful way to strengthen one’s faith, and to make a positive impact on the world.
The reality today is that more than 700 million people around the world live within extreme poverty. Millions of families and children across the globe do not have access to food, safe drinking water, or a sustainable income. With the rise of conflict, climate change, inflation and the repercussions of a pandemic, many countries are facing heightened levels of poverty and distress.
In the face of this collective pain, it is our duty to help our brothers and sisters in need.
Ramadan with us
Ramadan 2024 is an opportunity for Muslims to come together as a community, and to support one another in their spiritual journey. It is a time to give back, and to help those who are less fortunate. Whether it is through donating to a charity or volunteering at a local food bank, giving a helping hand, there are many ways to give back and make a difference. Every form of charity is favoured upon by Allah SWT.
Let us strive to make the most of this holy month, and to do our part as Muslims in Canada.
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When is Ramadan?
The ninth month of the Islamic calendar marks the first day of Ramadan. The Islamic Calendar follows the lunar cycle. Ramadan 2024 is set to begin on the night of Sunday, March 10 in Canada and most Muslim-majority nations, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca.
What is Ramadan?
In Ramadan, the essence of Islam is achieved. During this holy month, all pillars of Islam are fulfilled. Muslims are advised by Allah SWT to seek his pleasure through noble acts of worship by following Qur’anic guidance and acts of prayer, fasting, and charity. Fasting is prescribed to all adults of able body and mind during this holy month.
What is the significance of Ramadan?
The purpose of this fast is to develop religious self-discipline, to increase empathy for those who are less fortunate, and to strengthen one’s relationship with Allah SWT. The restraint from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset, allows for Muslims time to reflect upon the blessings they have in comparison to those living in unfortunate circumstances.
Where will my donation go to?
To date, IDRF has worked in over 40 countries, located across South and Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Americas. Our Ramadan projects support vulnerable communities in Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkiye, Syria, and Somalia.
Who implements IDRF's projects overseas?
IDRF is proud to work with many excellent local and international partners around the world.
Each partner is carefully researched by our team, and partnership decisions are made by committee consensus following strict guidelines. IDRF utilizes project and partner review and audit processes which are routinely reviewed for compliance with current law and international best practice. These systems allow IDRF to retain direction and control over the activities of our partner organizations and to operate with transparency and clarity throughout the lifetime of the project, in complete compliance with CRA requirements.
How do I make an offline donation?
If you would like to donate your zakat offline, by cheque, please mail a signed cheque to
300-23 Lesmill Rd, North York, ON M3B 3P6
Do I get a tax-deductible receipt?
Yes. IDRF is a Canadian charitable organization, (IDRF Charitable Registration # 132543005RR0001) that provides a tax deductible receipt for all donations.
Can I designate my donation to go to a specific country?
If you’d like to designate your zakat donation to a specific country, you can select “Direct my gift to:”, and select any country that is available in the drop down list on any of our forms.
How does IDRF implement its Fitrah (Zakat-Al Fitr) donations?
IDRF for several years has been supporting orphans, widows and vulnerable people, in Gaza, Palestine where they receive enough food for the month of Ramadan through your Fitrah donations.
To do this, we provide five weeks of food and an Eid gift to over 6000 people each year. Around 69% of our beneficiaries will be children, a quarter of these under five years old.
Your Fitrah donations also support farmers in Gaza, Palestine. Each year IDRF identifies over 50 farmers, rehabilitates their land, provides them with fertilizers, irrigation systems and seeds. Then, just before Ramadan, IDRF purchases the farmers harvest to provide food parcels to vulnerable families.
How do I become a monthly donor?
Become a monthly donor by establishing regular, easy, monthly contributions from your bank account or credit card. You can specify the amount you want to contribute monthly and that amount will be taken out of your account on the 15th of every month. If you wish to set-up your account today either visit our secure online donation form or call us.