With our commitment to collecting and distributing zakat honestly and ethically, in accordance with Sharia, IRUSA has enlisted the expertise of some of the leading and most-respected Muslim scholars in the US to form an independent Zakat Advisory Board to review, develop, and uphold Islamic Relief’s Zakat Policy.

We believe this is paramount to fulfilling our organizational values, such as Ihsan (excellence) and Amana (custodianship).

The Zakat Advisory Board has ratified our 2023 Zakat Policy, and will continue to provide independent reviews, oversight, feedback, and verification of the distribution of zakat by Islamic Relief USA. The Zakat Advisory Board is not responsible, however, for the implementation of the IRUSA Zakat Policy–Islamic Relief USA is solely responsible for that.

Our Zakat Advisory Board is made up of the following renowned scholars:

Shaikh Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi

Shaikh Muzammil Siddiqi received his Bachelor of Arts in Islamic and Arabic studies from the Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia and later went on to complete a degree in comparative religion at Harvard University. Since 1981, he has served as the director of the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove, CA. He is the chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America.

Internationally, he is a member of the executive board of the International Assembly of the Council of Ulama’ in Makkah; a member of the Supreme Islamic Council of Egypt; and the Supreme Council of Mosques in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

In October 2011, he was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to join him and many other religious leaders of the world in a pilgrimage of peace.

Shaikh Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah

Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah is the Executive Director and Secretary General of the Fiqh Council of North America and Director Religious Affairs of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee.

He received his PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Wales, UK, obtained his Master of Arts with honors in Islamic Studies: Usuluddin with specialization in Comparative Religions from the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan and his Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in Islamic Studies: Usuluddin from the same university.

Dr. Shah is Hafiz of al-Qur’an, and has taught at the International Islamic University Islamabad, University of Wales, University of North Florida, St. Thomas University, and Cardinal Stritch University. He is former president of Sharia’ Scholars Association of North America (SSANA) and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and author of multiple books and articles.

Shaikh Dr. Mohamed Moussa

Shaikh Mohamed Moussa is Professor of Islamic Studies. A graduate of Al-Azhar University (Egypt), he studied principles of religion (Islam) in the faculty of Usul Al-Din. Dr. Moussa earned a Master of Theology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation. In 2010, the GTF awarded him the Ibn Taymiyya Prize in Islamic Studies for his outstanding scholarship as a master’s student.

Dr. Moussa serves as Imam of the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center in New Jersey and also serves as an Islamic Relief Sharia (Islamic Law) counselor. Dr. Moussa is Secretary General of the World Association for Al-Azhar Graduates in the US, as well as Secretary General of the Tri-State Imams Council.

Shaikh Moussa is also the author of several books in Arabic (and is currently translating them into English), including Social Relations in the Light of the Al-Nisaa Chapter; Unify the Procedures of Marriage and Divorce in US Mosques; a series on Al-Moyaser (Fi El Fiqh, Fi Usool Alfiqh, and Fi Alhadeeth); Philosophy of the Inheritance in Islam; Alnaskh in the Quran; and Characteristics of Faith in Islam.

Shaikh Dr. Saad Eldegwy

Shaikh Saad Eldegwy holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, IN. He also graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from San Diego State University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies from Dar El-Oloum Faculty in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr. Eldegwy is also a certified haafith of the Holy Qur’an. He has taught Quran and Islamic studies at Al-Azhar Al-Shareef Institute and Sheikh Alhusari Center in Cairo, as well as the various mosques in San Diego where he has worked. He has worked as a full-time imam at the Islamic Center of San Diego, Al-Rribat Islamic Center, and Masjid Alrahma. In addition to his duties as an imam, he also provided counseling and taught Fiqh, Tafseer, Hadith, Aqeedah, Seerah, Qur’an, Tajweed, and Arabic. Shaikh Eldegwy also founded and taught Quranic and Arabic Studies Academy (QASA) of San Diego, the precursor to IQraa Academy of San Diego, which he cofounded in 2012. Shaikh Eldegwy also worked as adjunct professor of Arabic Language and Middle Eastern History at San Diego State University and National University.

Dr. Eldegwy is a member of the North American Imams Federation (NAIF), Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), the Muslim Leadership Council of San Diego, and the Interfaith Coalition of East County, San Diego area. He also serves as a motivational speaker for Islamic Relief USA, and is a certified fundraising manager.

Currently, Dr. Saad works as the Director of Iqraa Academy of San Diego, where he teaches Arabic, Qur’an, Fiqh, and Tafseer in addition to his director duties. He is also Imam and Director of the Islamic Center of San Diego-East County.

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