Your Community Cares About You!

At the MCC, we believe we’re more than a masjid: we’re a part of each and every community member family that we are proud to serve. As your community center, it’s important to us that we do what we can to support you.

If you are struggling financially, we are here for you. Do not feel ashamed. Do not hesitate. Please let us partner with you to help you and your family get through this difficulty in your life.

Applying for Zakat

“As-Sadaqat (here it means Zakat) are only for the Fuqara’ (poor), and Al-Masakeen (the needy) and those employed to collect (the funds); and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam); and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allah’s Cause, and for the wayfarer (a traveler who is cut off from everything; a duty imposed by Allah. And Allah is All Knower, All-Wise.” – Sarah At-Tauba [9:60]

INSTRUCTIONS
The Zakat application is used to apply for Zakat at Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay). The application must be completed thoroughly and submitted with the appropriate documentation. Utilize the checklist to complete the application in ENGLISH ONLY.
Click here for Zakat Application (PDF fillable)

Please do not complete a Zakat form for burial or funeral assistance. Click here for that application.

CHECKLIST
All applications should comply with the following:

Complete all sections of the application accurately.
Ensure the section requesting an explanation of the applicants need for financial support is documented thoroughly. Use additional sheets if needed.
 Provide a copy of the applicants’ tax return for the current year (Form 1040).
Attach a copy of the applicants Social Security Card.
Provide additional documentation as required to provide proof to support your request. This could include:
Disability Check Stub(s)
Welfare payments
Unemployment Check Stub(s)
Proof of social security benefits
Proof of Food Stamp benefits
Employment Stub(s)
Copy of unpaid bill

SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION
You can submit the application in the following ways:

Emailzakat-committee@mcceastbay.org

Mail: MCC Zakat Committee
5724 W. Las Positas Blvd. #300
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Allow up to one week (often less) to process your application. Please note that sending an incomplete application or omitting supporting documentation is likely to cause rejection or delay the process considerably.

WHAT’S NEXT?
Once MCC East Bay receives your application, it will be reviewed first by a Zakat representative and, only if complete, itit wi be sent to the MCC Zakat Committee. You may be contacted via phone or email to request further information or clarification.

STATUS INQUIRIES
If you would like to inquire about the status of your application, please send an email to zakat-committee@mcceastbay.org or call 925-485-1786 and press option 3. If you submitted a complete application, you will receive a response to your request within 1-3 business days. Due to the volume of applications received each week, incomplete applications are not processed and you will not hear from us. Please do not inquire about incomplete applications.

Thank you for your cooperation in submitting and inquiring ONLY about complete Zakat applications with supporting documents.

NOTE:
MCC East Bay collaborates with other masajids in the Bay Area to review Zakat Applicant information. If you have any concerns, please note them on your application. The Zakat Application includes personal and confidential information intended only for restricted, internal use by authorized personnel exclusively for evaluation of Zakat requests.

Click here for the MCC Zakat Application

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR ZAKAT?

 

  1.  Fuqaraa: The poor, destitute who has little or nothing to live on; who might be unemployed, old, incapacitated, handicapped, sick, homeless, widow, or an orphan.
  2. Masakeen: This is the needy who does not have enough to meet basic needs and who depends on others but abstains from begging.
  3. Amileen: These are those who collect and disburse the zakat, regardless of their financial condition.
  4. Mu’allaf ul Quloob: One who recently accepted Islam and who needs encouragement and assistance and to remove restrictions and oppression where Muslims are prevented from practicing their faith
  5. Fir-Riqaab: For the ransoming or freeing of slaves and bonded labor, including to debt in the 21st Century
  6. Gharimeen: A person who is in debt to the extent that, after paying off the debt, he or she would be left with no possessions over and above the Nisab. This is provided the debt is not incurred for unlawful acts such as luxurious living, gambling or drinking.
  7. Fi Sabeelillah: Activities that are in the cause of Allah for the propagation of Islam and the Islamic community as a whole and it includes all good works that pertain to religious and secular matters that please God
  8. Ibn as Sabeel: This is for a traveler who became destitute and cannot benefit from his or her wealth while away from his or her home while on a journey. This includes immigrants who have left their homes and their belongings because he or she was compelled by political oppression, war, and racial or religious hatred or persecution.

Questions? zakat-committee@mcceastbay.org