1987 – The Central Zakat Committee (CZC) was first organized at the Downtown Islamic Center (DIC) under the leadership of Dr. Yakub Patel, Chairman of DIC Board of Directors. Br. Ahmed Qadeer was asked to lead the effort. The mission was to centralize the collection and distribution of Zakat in the Chicagoland area.
1991-1992 – The CIOGC (Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago) is established.
1997 – The CIOGC formed a zakat committee. The Chairman of the CIOGC at the time, Dr. Talal Sunbulli, asked Br. Ahmed Qadeer to form an adhoc committee to lead the same effort inside the CIOGC that was led by Br. Ahmed at the DIC.
2001 – The CIOGC completed a initial project definition of the Central Zakat Committee.
2003 – The Central Zakat Committee was restructured and a website was launched. The mission of the Committee was re-defined “to institutionalize zakat in the Greater Chicago area”.
2008 – The name of the committee was changed from Central Zakat Committee to Zakat Chicago. Its scope and operating principle was re-branded as ‘local collection, local distribution’.
Zakat Chicago and the participating organizations (Masajid, Centers, etc.) in the Greater Chicago area take a coordinated approach towards the collection and distribution of zakat.
Each participating organization which collects Zakat typically distributes its zakat to deserving individuals in the community that it represents. Zakat Chicago supports local Muslim community projects in the various Muslim communities in the Greater Chicago area.
Our goal is to continue to increase the number of Masajid and Centers that are working with us – in order to increase the overall number of participating organizations. Our hope is that through such cooperation, the zakat funds collected in the Greater Chicago area are distributed in the most efficient manner possible.
Alhamdulillah, Zakat Chicago has grown steadily since inception – in both community support and financial strength. Over the years, Zakat Chicago has been able to expand the distribution of zakat to various communities and projects in the Greater Chicago area.
We hope and pray, and ask you to join in the prayer, that Allah (swt) helps Zakat Chicago grow in its scope and succeed in its mission, Insha-Allah.
Members of Zakat Chicago are volunteers. We welcome volunteers from any CIOGC member organizations.