Jaffna Muslim Association – UK
Starting a charity isn’t easy..But we managed it.
Founded in 2002, Jaffna Muslim Association is a non-profit charity organisation created to help the people who were displaced from the town of Jaffna in Sri Lanka in 1990.
Due to the war most Muslims settled in refugee camps in Puttalam or escaped to other areas in Sri Lanka to avoid persecution. Essentially, due to the strict rules imposed upon Muslims on exiting Jaffna, conditions in the refugee camp were destitute and still are destitute as many Muslims (although almost 23 years have passed) still remain suffering in the camp. In total, approximately 72,000 people were forcibly evicted from the Northern Province (about 20,000 people from Jaffna).
Jaffna Muslim Association focuses on providing help to this community in Sri Lanka- we have provided financial help for widows, education for children, medical help (funding operations, treatment etc.) for those who need it, built buildings necessary to the community (i.e.: Masjids, graveyards etc.) – we have also had an emergency appeal for the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami by collecting money for those affected.
- Medical & Healthcare
- Food & Water solution
- Sustainable livelihoods
- Orphans and children’s
- Emergency Relief
- Fitra & Qurbani
The Prophet, peace be upon him, said “whoever relieves a believer’s suffering in this world, Allah will relieve a suffering of his in the Hereafter”. (Muslim)
Providing access to healthcare and medication is fundamental in the fight against poverty. Healthy children can attend school regularly, giving them the opportunity to improve their future. Better health always creates healthier lifestyle.
The request for medical help has been increased significantly- JMA has helped provide money for medication, medical equipment, sponsoring medical projects (ex: At Maharagamaand Jaffna Hospital), operations such as spinal and kidney operations and giving children a better chance in life with assistance in their facilities needed for their conditions.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “The best charity is giving water to drink.” (Ahmad)
We believe no one should have to live with hunger and the damage it does. Hunger is the world’s biggest health problem and it stops people to act. Hunger forces people to make tough choices that push them further into poverty.
JMA has been developing and delivering practical, intelligent, sustainable solutions that have transformed lives.
Water is the source of life and the most precious of commodities, and yet many displaced communityin the refugee camps suffer from a lack of clean drinking water or sanitation.
Our projects include hand pumps, small and large wells to provide clean water.
Many people are cannot access education for one simple reason: poverty. However, education would help them escape poverty – by giving them the chance of a better job – and the impact of this would carry on down the generations.
A JMA aim is to create generation with resilient educational background and works directly with communities to ensure our education programmes are relevant to their needs. Projects are aimed at both adults and children, which include providing financial help for students, renovating, building and equipping schools and Madarasa etc….
A sustainable livelihood is a way of earning a living that empowers people to become self-sufficient and less reliant on humanitarian aid.
JMA works closely with communities to identify their needs and provide relevant livelihoods training. Projects include cash-for-work schemes and developing small businesses.ex: (providing sewing machines, generator, water pump and painting compressor for their businesses etc….)
JMA Help’s Orphan Sponsorship Scheme supports the most vulnerable of orphans – those with little support, caught in the throes of conflict and instability. We support orphans living in orphanages and those that live with family members or siblings.
Natural disasters and conflicts claim millions of lives each year. Survivors are often forced out of their homes, resettling elsewhere within the country or fleeing across borders to begin life as a refugee.
JMA emergency teams are ready to respond to humanitarian disasters in the shortest possible time. our priority is to provide as many people as possible with the basic necessities of food, water, shelter and medical treatment.
The word Zakat means ‘purity’ or ‘to purify’ and it represents charity; all Muslims who are wealthy enough, must perform this charity in order to purify their wealth.
JMA collects Zakat and distribute the Zakat funds to those who need it in many areas in Sri Lanka.
What is Zakat?
- Zakat is an act of worship we perform with the wealth Allah has blessed us with.
- It is a religious duty, which cleans away impurities from our provision and ensures excess wealth is distributed among those in need.
- Zakat is an obligation upon any Muslim who has reached puberty, is sane, and has above the minimum required amount of wealth (nisab).
- It requires giving a calculated amount (usually 2.5%) to the poor and needy.
Who needs to Pay Zakat?
To pay the Zakat, one must be a Muslim, sane adult, in possession of thenisab (the minimum amount of wealth that one must have before Zakat is payable) for one whole year.
Items from which wealth can be derived include: cattle, crops, gold, silver, and merchandise for business. Zakat must be paid on cash deposits held in bank accounts.
Any personal items from which one cannot derive wealth, e.g. cars, utensils, food, clothing, shelter, furniture and which are not to be used for trade, are not included in the calculation of zakat.
One must not only have the minimum amount of nisab but it must have been in one’s possession for one whole year. A lot of people choose Ramadan as the month in which they pay their zakat; both to remember it, and also because the reward for good deeds done in this blessed month is multiplied.